Member representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke has condemned the attempt at misinterpreting motions and resolutions of the House of Representatives as seeking political vendetta during plenary on Thursday.
Luke who came under point of privilege expressed displeasure and disbelief over the action of a section of the media that reduced the resolution the House passed on Wednesday mandating its Committee on Reformatory Institutions to investigate the appalling working conditions, lack of facilities and the poor welfare of the personnel and inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service to claim that it was a political fight initiated by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and targeted at the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The Akwa Ibom Lawmaker insisted that the motion had nothing to do with Gbajabiamila as a person but a normal parliamentary decision seeking to investigate how funds budgeted for a federal government agency were utilised.
According to Luke; “It was not the decision of Mr Speaker, but the decision of the entire House”
“This was a motion sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House to investigate the sordid state of Nigeria Correctional Service, despite the N165bn budgeted for its operations in the last two years”.
He went on to reel out several other resolutions previously passed by the House for the primary purpose of making institutions perform better, as against fighting the individuals heading them.
Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency.