The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke has said that the Lead Consultant in the controversial Anchor Poultry Borrowers Scheme (Austin Ndaeyo of New Phase of Agriulture) called him on phone and begged to see him in private.
The Speaker who made this known at the opening of the 2016 NUJ Press Week on Monday said he however turned down the request, telling the scheme’s Lead Consultant to face the probe committee.
The Speaker however frowned at the way some media personnels in the state went about attacking the House of Assembly for probing into the alleged fraud in the poultry scheme, reiterating his stance that the House under his leadership will never be intimidated in the course of carrying out its duties.
The Nsit Ubium lawmaker challenged those who speculated that the House of Assembly members demanded for slots in the poultry scheme to come out and say so publicly with facts. He said the AKHA under his leadership will never condescend to such level of compromise, and will continue to carry out its legitimate functions without fear or favour.