By Africa Today
The Speaker, Cross River State of Assembly, Mr. Eteng Jonah Williams has reaffirmed the commitment of the 9th Assembly to work for the people of the state in a bid to reduce poverty and suffering.
Eteng who stated this on Tuesday during a live interview with one of the private-owned radio station in Calabar, maintained that he will rather suffer than seen the people suffering.
The legislative head also refuted claims that the lawmakers got kickbacks before approving the 5 billion-naira loan sent to it by Governor Ben Ayade, adding that the House only undertook its statutory legislative obligation by approving the N5 billion sent to it.
He noted that the consequential approving was premised on the fact that the money is meant to offset pensions and gratuity of retirees from 2014 onward.
On alleged closure of the State Assembly in view of lack of funds, Mr Eteng said the parliamentarians are on working recess and not on strike as speculated by some people.
Also, on the autonomy of the Legislature and the Judiciary, the speaker said is the best thing that will happen to the two arms of government, stating that most of the pending projects and programmes would be expeditiously dealt with without waiting too long for an approval by the Executive arm before execution, stressing that he who pays the piper dictates the tune’
Eteng who is representing Yakurr 11 State Constituency, however expressed concerns on the state of infrastructure particularly the roads in and out of Cross River State.
He therefore assured Cross Riverians that the legislature in synch with the executives will make sure they ask questions and get the contractors working.