ONOFIOK LUKE: THAT GOVERNMENT PRESS CENTRE VISIT

“You don’t need to be perfect to inspire others, let people get
inspired on how you deal with your imperfection”
If all the living days of our lives were fully graced as we craft,
design, dream and plan to be, then most of us will assume the
status of clergies and prophets. Nature sure is a wonder and her
creation is often shaped in the mould of who, what and how you
wish to be. Many have chosen the right path, some dwell on evil
course, others are embedded in the good, bad and the ugly and
few have distanced themselves to blend with positivity and
credence. Life is a choice all the way and each of us is left with a
desire to forge ahead the way it suits.
It all went well on Friday, 4th March, 2016 when the people’s
Speaker sauntered into the Akwa Ibom State Government Press
Centre in his usual meet the people unscheduled stopover visit. At
about 2pm as I made my way towards the office entrance and a
reflection of a convoy behind me through the glass door
summoned my attention. I pondered and stopped seemingly
inquisitive, “who is coming for lunch”? He stepped out of the
convoy and behold Mr. Speaker. “I was just passing by and I
decided to breeze in here to say hello, how about the Chief Press
Secretary? Where is everybody? I must confess this is my first
opportunity of being here since the construction of this place. I am
overwhelmed by the siren ambience and furnishings in here. Little
wonder you guys are doing marvellously well.” He teased.
From one office and knocks on doors, through pedestrian
corridors and walk ways, Mr. Speaker glanced through
everywhere and in his usual humane, down to earth, friendly and
socially-mixed nature threw quantum of banters with
accompanying comic relief. His presence ignited the working spirit
and atmosphere of the Press Centre. Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke
has through his human-driven disposition demonstrate his desire
to simplify the act of governance and leadership, always ready to
integrate with the roots and involve the people on a one-on-one
situation.
His lifestyle and approach to governance is a concrete
manifestation of a stimulant and catalyst in speeding up the
positive reaction of people especially those who desire to follow
him with passion. This thorough bred Nsit Ubium son and
member representing Nsit Ubium State Constituency in the Akwa
Ibom State House of Assembly is building his political castle with
the foundation and support of the people whose mandate, he
knows, was cultivated and harvested through their effort. Onofiok
in different fora, has continued to drum support for the integration
of all Akwa Ibom people as government sets out to provide the
much needed capacity empowerment for sustainable growth. A
rare gem and a breed apart. His ascension into the exalted position
of Speaker came as a massive endorsement by all and sundry. It
was a choice that even critics and opposition went in wild
jubilation owing to the fact that he represents a cross section of all,
no matter where you belong.
The visit, Mr. Speaker, will remain evergreen in our minds, but
just one thing. You missed the hot seat and the media banter but
not to worry. The second legislative journey and subsequent
visits will be totally garnished and all inclusive.
Believing the needful will be done!

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