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AKHA Calls On Govt To Safeguard Public Property Against Scavengers

By Mercy Obot

The Akwa State House of Assembly (AKHA) has passed a resolution urging the state government to safeguard public properties and lives against scavengers by engaging community watch across the local governments in the state.


This resolution is sequel to a motion for the ban on scavenging in the state, brought before the House by the Leader of the House, Hon. (Elder) Sunday Johnny, at Plenary on Friday, April 12, 2024.


The legislator expressed worry that some critical investments put together by the government have suffered setbacks due to the activities of those he described as criminal elements among scavengers operating within the state.

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Leader of the House, Hon. (Elder) Sunday Johnny

“The vandalization of school property and infrastructure in our state is a direct attempt to jeopardise the government’s efforts in developing education in our state. Children learn better when there is a roof over them. Sadly, the activities of the scavengers, which led to the mindless destruction of school roofs, have left many children suffering, as they are no longer protected by a roof.


“These scoundrels are not operating alone, but are encouraged by those who purchase these items from them,” he said.

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The leader further pointed out that the nefarious activities of scavengers have increased in the state due to the inability of security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators. 


He urged the House to request the state government to provide increased security for public infrastructure.


In their various contributions, lawmakers who supported the motion said that the motion was relevant because it addressed security issues that had to do with the lives and properties of the citizens. They noted that checking the activities of these scavengers will not only mitigate their illicit activities but will also help tame the tide of insecurity in the state.


The lawmakers who spoke included Rt. Hon. Otobong Bob (Member Nsit Ubium), Hon. Moses Essien (Ibiono Ibom), Hon. Jerry Otu (Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara), Hon. Bassey Bassey (Okobo), Rt. Hon. Mfon Idung (Ika/Etim Ekpo), Hon. Uduakobong Ekpo-ufot (Etinan), Hon. Prince Ukpong Akpabio (Essien Udim), Hon. Lawrence Udoide (Ini), and Hon. Uwemedimo Asuquo (Uyo).


In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Udeme Otong, directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the House to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State for implementation in the interest of the government and its people.

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