The maiden Executive Officers has been inaugurated for Ika Local Government children’s parliament.
Performing the inauguration recently at the local government headquatres, urua Inyang, Ika, the wife of the Eaxecutive Chairman, Barr. Mrs. Ebele Malachy Ukpeh, congratulated the newly elected officers and maintained that it was imperative to involve young people in public decision-making processes, in order to offer them meaningful opportunities to learn about Civic Education and the operations in government.
“This can strengthen children’s social responsibility and develop their social communication and civic skills. It gives them the opportunity to participate as active citizens”, Barr. Ukpeh, noted.
The Ika first Lady however reitirated that, Children’s Parliament has grown to become a wide platform of excellence for children’s participation and engagement in legislative businesses, and therefore call on all and sundry to support the Ika children’s parliament to succeed..
Meanwhile, the inaugural sitting of the children’s parliament was held and presided over by the pioneer Speaker, Hon. Mkpouto Raymond, who also called on all to support the Ika Children’s Parliament to achieve strong advocacy for the rights of children as enshrined in the 1959 United Nation’s Declaration Rights Acts of the Child.
The Parliamentarians were drawn from the ten (10) political Wards making Ika Local Government.
Hon. Mkpouto Raymond, emerged the Speaker with Hon. Eyaketing Michael as the Deputy Speaker.
Others were, Hon. Ijeoma Godwin, House Leader, Hon. Ndibekeobong Oyoh, Deputy House Leader, Hon. Ikong Barnabas, Chief Whip and Hon. Joshua Joshua as Deputy Chief Whip
The Clerk and Assistant Clark of the House were, Hon. Honey Mkpongke and Semaesiong Ekanem, while Blessing Sunday, emerged as the Mace Bearer.