Esit Eket/Ibeno Constituency: Where is your Lawmaker?

by unwana Assam

Being a media Practioner/blogger with rational thoughts whose major activity is researching, reading and of course, traveling across, it won’t be out of place to say that I have sufficient grasp on certain things that are happening in Akwa Ibom State especially as it concerns leadership and representation.

Since voted into office for second term and his mandate renewed, the member representating Esit Eket/Ibeno state Constituency has been in the limbo, disregarding the people whom he represents as if he owes them nothing. Probably, it won’t be wrong to say that, the member of parliament has been inactive and incommunicado with his constituents. Maybe, he has been doing but decided to remain anonymous or perhaps, in proxy. Who knows! But as far as Esit Eket/Ibeno state Constituency is concerned, the House Member has been absolutely complacent with regard to effective representation for the people of his Constituency.

There have been glaring instances to support this submission. One of such instance, is that of recent Christmas that was entangled with the second wave of Covid-19 spike where every lawmaker in his or her various Constituencies across the state went back home and ‘cuddled’ their Constituents with some sort of Covid-19 relief materials and Christmas packages. This was done in almost all the local government areas in Akwa Ibom State except that of Esit Eket that seemed like there is no lawmaker or a leader that cares for his people especially in the time where the spike of Covid-19 ransacked and put to ebb the economy and all that people laboured for. Quite understand.

On several occasions, the Esit Eket/Ibeno lawmaker has shown his Constituents that, perhaps, he is there to recover the money he spent during his second term bid thus abandoning them in the constituency without effective representation. Won’t that be an unfortunate scenario to witness?

In the past few years, Esit Eket/Ibeno has not been lucky in terms of effective representation but then, should the constituents continue to wait and hope on God till the serving MP decides to take the bull by the horns or has the hope finally dashed? Time will definitely tell.

Lest one forgets, what the traditional people of Esit Eket/Ibeno Constituency understand and appreciate as effective representation is the ability to relate with your people, avail yourself to be reached, providing solutions to part of their problems as well all rendering moral and financial supports as much as you can. In other words, availability, accountability and accessibility are key ingredients for effective representation. Yes, one may like to argue and discredit this article because of this very paragraph, but, the stark truth is that, that is what people understand effective representation to designate especially when a lawmaker doesn’t sponsor bills that have direct effect and advantage on them.

In this part of the world, Constituents rate effective representation based on how many lives the Representive has touched, how many projects he or she has executed and completed; how rubost his or her relationship with his or her people is, and not necessarily how many bills one has sponsored even though that seems to be the major duty of a lawmaker. Yes, some may not agree to this concept but that is just how it is in this part of the world.

However, this article may serve as another point of call for the house member of Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh to wake up from slumber and bear in mind that, the eagle’s eye that monitors the process of his representation is always fixed on him, and think of what he will be remembered for when he leaves office as no leader is remembered by how many houses, cars or property he has acquired while in office but by how many lives he has impacted positively.

While I wish Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh the best, I ask again, Esit Eket/Ibeno Constituency: where is your lawmaker?

Comrade Unwana Assam is a social activist, good governance advocate, blogger and hails from Ekid Offiong Clan in Esit Eket.

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