By Mfonobong Ukpong|
The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Barr. Onofiok Luke today added more feathers to his cap, as the entire federal government workforce in the state honored him with an ‘Award for distinguished service’.
Presenting the award to the Speaker at the House of Assembly complex, the Chairman, Association of Heads of Establishments(AHFE), Dr. Peter Umanah, said the decision to honor Barr. Luke was arrived at in December, 2016 during the end of year get together of the Federal government workers in the state. Dr. Umanah who is the State Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Secretariat, Uyo explained that the association has been following keenly the activities and foot steps of the Speaker and was impressed with his political achievements, describing him as as a bridge builder, game changer, peace maker and a public officer who blends with the high and the lowly placed persons in the society. He applauded the speaker for the significant role he has played in changing the political landscape in the state”
The AHFE boss described Onofiok Luke as an epitome of effective representation.
” Collectively we have watched the things that have been going on in the state, and as a group we have followed your footsteps Mr. Speaker sir. And we appreciate what God is using you to do in the state. Your achievements in terms of your Political career, empowerment of youths and humanity at large.
You have been a bridge builder. You have been a catalyst for peace, you reach out to the high and reach out to the low. We are very very appreciative of what you are doing. We are proud of you. On account of this Sir, when we met at our end of year get together, the association therefore decided that we should honor you. This is all federal government establishment in the state coming together to honour you”. On behalf of the Association of Heads of federal establishments in the state, it is my pleasure to present to you the distinguished service award in recognition of your accomplishments and self less contributions to nation building, and excellent leadership qualities”
Accepting the award, the Speaker thanked the association for the honor done him. He dedicated the award to God, his colleagues in the Assembly, management and staff of the House of Assembly, members of his constituency, family and Mother.
He pledged redouble his effort in his service for the betterment of the society.
The Speaker used the opportunity to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing son’s and daughters of the state into positions of responsibility at the Federal level.
Among members of the House who watched the conferment of award on the Speaker include, Deputy Leader, Rt. Hon. Barr. Ime Okon, Hon. Otobong Jonathan, and Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh.
Some of the exco members of the Association of Heads of federal establishments in Akwa Ibom State in attendance were, State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Tony Iji, who serves as Vice-chairman of the association, the Area Postal Manager of NIPOST, Meat. Nse Abasi Essien who is the State Treasurer of the body, and the State FERMA Officer, Most. Ekot Edidiong(Welfare Officer of the body).