* Onofiok Luke, Speaker, AKHA
Two private member bills namely, Akwa Ibom State College of Nursing and Midwifery (Establishment Bill, 2018) and the Akwa Ibom State Urban and Regional Planning bill, 2018 scaled second reading on Tuesday at the House of Assembly.
The College of Nursing and Midwifery bill titled, ‘A bill for a law to establish a College of Nursing and Midwifery to provide a foundation for general education for nurses, Midwives and future specializations and for other purposes connected therewith’ is sponsored by the member representing Abak State Constituency, Mr. Friday Iwok.
Leading debate on the general principles and objectives of the the bill, Iwok explained that the bill seeks among others to provide polyvalent qualified nurses and Midwives capable of providing both qualitative and quantitative nursing services to individuals and communities.
He also explained that the when passed into law, the bill will add value and thereby enhance nursing education in the state, pointing out that the society is dynamic.
Throwing their weight behind the bill, the Chief Whip of the House, and member representing INI state constituency, Emmanuel Ekpenyong, described it as an important bill that would ensure the training of qualified nurses and mid-wives.
“This bill is very very important. The College will provide for qualified nurses and Midwives. I support this bill in totality”.
Also lending his voice to the bill, the Deputy Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ime Okon who speaks for Ibiono Ibom State constituency, noted that the proposed law will facilitate efficient and effective health care delivery for Akwa Ibom people.
“It is going to facilitate efficient and effective heath care delivery for the people of Akwa Ibom State. We must have well trained nurses considering the enormous benefit this bill will bring to us “.
On his part, the member representing Esit-Eket/Ibeno State constituency, Usoro Akpanusoh who applauded the idea behind the bill, hailed that the bill was in the best interest of the people.
“It is the foundation for us to have a proper and well trained nurses that would be given responsibilities of taking care of expectant mothers. It will eliminate cases of challenges in child delivery”.
Lawmakers debated on the Akwa Ibom State Urban and Regional Planning Bill, 2018 sponsored by the member representing Mkpat-Enin, Otobong Ndem.
The bill titled; a ‘draft bill for a law for the control of physical/Urban and Regional planning activities’ seeks to establish a regulatory board to be called “Urban and Regional Planning Board, and Area Planning Authorities in Akwa Ibom State and for all other purposes connected therewith ‘.
Speaking on the bill, the lead sponsor, Mr. Ndem explained that the bill intends to address indiscriminate erection of structures in the urban areas.
Reacting, Speaker of the House, Mr. Onofiok Luke committed the two bills to appropriate House Committees for in depth study.
The Akwa Ibom State College of Nursing and Midwifery establishment bill was referred to the House Committee on Health, while the Urban and Regional Planning bill was committed to the Committee on Lands and Housing.
They are to submit their report in three weeks time.