The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has condemned the use of fake and unauthorized official number plates on vehicles in the state.
In a Motion brought before the House by the Member representing Onna State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Nse Essien, the House noted that there has been an increase in the use of fake and unauthorised number plates by some motorists in Akwa Ibom State and said the act constitutes forgery and also robs the state of the much needed revenue, as vehicles using fake plates numbers are not periodically renewed as required by law.
The House, therefore, ruled that the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, the Director, Department of State Services, Federal Road Safety Commission and related agencies, to arrest and prosecute owners or users of fake and unauthorised official number plates in Akwa Ibom State, from
November 31, 2019.
Sponsor of the Motion, Rt. Hon. Nse Essien, told the House that huge amounts were being lost yearly, by the state, due to the increased use of pirated number plate numbers by thousands of privately-owned vehicles in the state.
He said there were also hundreds of official number plates used on vehicles purporting to be genuine vehicles of members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and added that such number plates are not captured in the database of relevant authorities and could therefore be used for criminal activities.
Supporting the motion, the Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, said the situation was worrisome and urged security agencies to clamp down on those using fake plates numbers.
On his part, the Member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, said there was need to put a stop to the ugly trend, to curb the various crimes committed by those using fake plate numbers.
Similarly, the Member representing Ibeno/Esit Eket State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh and his colleague from Oruk Anam State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Udo Kerian, Member, Ukanfun State Constituency, Hon. Charity Ido, Member, Ibiono Ibom State, Hon. Godwin Ekpo, Member, Itu State Constituency, Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem and Member, Eket State Constituency, Rt. Hon. David Lawrence, all commended Rt. Hon. Nse Essien for bringing up the Motion and further described use of fake plate numbers as a criminal act that should be checked.
Other Lawmakers who threw their weights behind the motion included the Member representing Abak State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung, Rt. Hon. Effiong Bassey of Oron/Udung Uko State Constituency, Member, Ikot Abasi State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Ududo and Member, Nsit Ubium State Constituency, Hon. Otobong Bob.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, revealed that new number plates have been designed for Members of the 7th House of Assembly and stressed that persons using fake and unauthorised number plates purportedly from the House, will be made to face the full weight of the law.
He also directed the Ministry of Information and Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission, to educate and enlighten members of the public on authorised use of number plates in the state and directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolution of the House to the appropriate authorities.
At Plenary also, the House received Motions on Urgent Need to rescue the People of Ette Ita Community from Homelessness, Water-borne Diseases and Death caused by Extensive Gully Erosion sponsored by the Member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Godwin Ekpo and A Call for Immediate Take-over of Ndukpoise Ubium Health Centre by the Akwa Ibom State Government from Catholic Mission, sponsored by the Member representing Nsit Ubium State Constituency, Hon. Otobong Bob.
The Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency Bill, 2019, also scaled through Second Reading at Plenary.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned its plenary to Thursday, November 12, 2019 at 10am.