By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The Akwa Ibom State House Assembly (AKHA) Member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Rt. Honourable Usoro Akpanusoh, has lent his view concerning a newspaper publication about the desperation by some members the House for the ‘Right Honourablship’ title.
Hon. Akpanusoh, in an exclusive chat at his Uyo residence, noted that right honourable position is for those had occupied a legislative office for two times or more. “Right Honourable title is about being able to occupy an elected office for twice in whatever capacity.
“I see people who have been appointed as commissioners and when they come to the House of Assembly, say they are ‘Right Honourables’. Even some former Local Government Chairmen come to the House of Assembly to claim they are ‘Right Honourables’.
If you were an elected former chairman and you are elected into the House of Assembly as a lawmaker, you can’t be called a Right Honourable. You can only be elected twice for legislative business. If you were elected as a Chancellor and after your tenure, you are re-elected into the House of Assembly, you can now become a ‘Right Honourable’. Or if you have been elected twice as a Chancellor, you become a ‘Right Honourable.
“If you have been elected twice as a House of Assembly Member, you can be called ‘Right Honourable’. Or if you have been twice in the House of Representatives or Senate respectively, you can become a Right Honourable. Or if you have been elected once as a Chancellor, once as a House of Assembly member, once as House of Reps or Senate, you can become a ‘Right Honourable’.” He emphasised.
It could be recalled that a local news tabloid, in its recent publication, reported that some members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly were ‘crazy for right honourship’ title.
“It is not about being elected as a Local Government Chairman. Executive and legislative functions are two different arms of government. When you are elected into the law organ of government twice, you can become ‘Right Honourable’.
“For me, I’m already a Right Honourable Member. So whoever that is not a Right Honourable Member should not rank himself to such position. I’ve been elected twice as a Chancellor. This is my first time to be elected to the House of Assembly, so I’ve been over qualified to become a ‘Right Honourable.’” Hon. Akpanusoh further explained.