TENSION! Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Worried Over Covid-19 Delta Variant
…Urges State Govt To Reactivate Covid-19 Monitoring Committee, Enforce Protocols
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has expressed worry over the new Covid-19 Delta Variant.
The House has therefore urged the State Government through its Ministry of Health and other relevant Government Agencies to reactivate the Covid-19 Management Committee so to create awareness and enforce adherence to all the Covid-19 protocols.
This formed part of the House resolutions at its Tuesday plenary.
It was also part of the House resolution that the monitoring team and other regulatory bodies should commence routine enforcement of Covid-19 guidelines and protocols adopted to prevent community spread of the deadly Covid-19 Delta variant.
The motion entitled; ‘A Call to Rekindle Covid-19 Protocol Compliance: The Deadly Covid-19 Delta Variant Upsurge,’ was moved by Hon. Udeme Otong of Abak State Constituency.
While members contributed on the motion, it was revealed that the transmission rate of the third wave of Covid-19 is higher than the formers.
Member representing Ini State Constituency and the Chief Whip of the House, Rt Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong, said the upsurge of the new Delta Variant of Covid-19 is deadly and highly contagious. He urged everyone with all the relevant agencies to be highly involved in the fight against the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Also contributing, members representing Ibesikpo Asutan and Etinan State Constituencies, Rt Hon Aniekan Uko and Rt Hon. Aniefiok Denis Akpan respectively, urged the state government to ensure complete adherence to the Covid-19 protocols by religious organisations.
Washing of hands with soap in a running water; use of hand sanitizer and social distancing were stressed by members of the state legislature to be made a daily habit by citizens in the face of the third wave of the deadly pandemic.
Meanwhile, the House had also resolved that the State Government should direct the Ministry of Health to set up Monitoring and Assessment Committee to regularly visit Health Training facilities to assess their standards and stability.
This is to ensure right operations were in order to stem the tide of quackery and unwarranted poor quality healthcare delivery in the state.
The resolutions followed the motion brought by Member representing Abak State Constituency, Hon Udeme Otong for the establishment of ‘Health Training Institutions (HTI) in the state to provide human capacity development in health related disciplines.’
The House presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey ordered the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren to communicate the House Resolutions to relevant government authorities.
However, the bill for a law to ‘Establish Akwa Ibom State Mortgage and Foreclosure Board to regulate Mortgage Creation, Foreclosure and Enforcement of Mortgage in Real Property and for other Matters Connected Therewith,’
passed through a second reading.
The bill sponsored by Hon. Charity Ido and 15 others was committed to a joint Taskforce Committee on Appropriation and Housing for further legislative action.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned plenary to Thursday, July 29th by 10:00am prompt.