Speaker Ayambem extols late Barr Ekpeyong, as Assembly holds valedictory session

The Speaker of the Cross River State House, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem has described the longest-serving House of Assembly Clerk, the late Barr. Bassey Edet Ekpeyong, as a mentor and father figure played a crucial role in shaping the Assembly.

Rt Hon Elvert Ayambem made this known on Friday, 12 April 2024, during a valedictory session held in honour of the late Barr. Bassey Edet Ekpeyong, the longest-serving House of Assembly Clerk who served from 2011 to 2022, at the Cross River State House of Assembly.

Elvert Ayambem further described the late Barr Ekpeyong as the brain box of the Assembly, explaining that his legacy will forever be remembered. He also consented to immortalize the late Ekpeyong, who held the record for the longest tenure as a Clerk in both the Cross River State Assembly and Nigeria as a whole.

The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, also spoke highly of the late clerk, describing him as a perfect gentleman who worked smoothly with everyone and had a high level of principles. He was praised for his vast knowledge of the rules and practices of the House and his generosity and belief in the unity of the House.

Other speakers at the event, including the former Speaker of the House, Sen. Eteng Jonah Williams, also shared their fond memories of Barr. Bassey Edet Ekpeyong. They spoke of his deep knowledge of administration and his role as a teacher who imparted his knowledge of the House’s rules and practices to all members.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey and other dignitaries also praised the late clerk for his superb administrative skills, which ensured that the proceedings of the House were always smooth and efficient.

They also highlighted his cordial working relationship with former Speakers and Honourable Members, and it was noted that he continued to be consulted for his ideas even after his retirement until his death.

Matthew Okache
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker

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