The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution, authorising the reinstatement of 11 lecturers wrongfully disengaged by the College of Education, Afaha Nsit in 2013. The motion was moved by the House Leader, Mr Udo Akpan and seconded by the Chief Whip, Mr Emmanuel Ekpenyong.
The House had earlier referred the petitions from the affected lecturers to the House Committee on Education. The committee recommended that the House should order for immediate reinstatement of the affected lecturers back to their different departments.
The committee also requested the House to direct relevant authority that handled the biometric in the college to correct the error and reconfigure the names of the affected lecturers as academic staff and not as non-academic staff. The committee also directed that the affected lecturers be promoted as and when due, and their entitlements paid accordingly. All the recommendations were adopted and a resolution passed accordingly.
The House referred the letter to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative action. At plenary the Maritime Sector Bill sponsored by Mr Usoro Akpanusoh, passed through second reading. The bill was opposed by Mr Mark Esset (PDP- Nsit Atai) on the ground that state house of assembly has no legislative power on maritime issues.