Following reports making the rounds that the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters Engr. Ufot Ebong had yesterday snubbed the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly’s invitation to explain what he knew about the irregularities that is alleged to have rocked the Anchor Poultry Borrowers Scheme, the SSA has put matters straight on why he did not appear before the House.
Speaking with TheMail on telephone, the SSA noted that while the investigative hearing was on, he was far away in Morocco for an official assignment at the International Conference on Climate Change even as he only got wind of the information from friends that there was a radio announcement inviting him to appear before the House when he had already left the State.
He disclosed that when he heard the information about his invitation, to show respect to the House, he contacted Members of the Committee including the Speaker to explain his plight and also spoke to the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Idongesit Ituen informing him that since he was out of the country, he can send his brief through an e-mail although the Chairman told him that the brief from the e-mail will not suffice.
He added “I am representing the State in this International Conference because there is a paper I am presenting to showcase the State’s potentials. There is no how I would have been in the State and I wouldn’t appear before the House. There is no big deal about that.
” I can never disrespect the House, they are constituted authority empowered by the constitution on oversight functions. They are part of this administration which I am also privileged to work with. Why then should I snub them as misinterpreted by persons?”
Meanwhile, it is believed by many that the SSA would have appeared before the House if he was in town as he is known to be a strict adhere to due process.