By Victor Essang
The people of Uyo state constituency are set to witness an effective legislative representation in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly with the entry of Mr Mfon Ben, a lawyer,into the race.
Ben, who has since bought the nomination form the upcoming primary election is leaving no stone unturned to ensure he emerged victorious, given his level of preparation.
According to his election manifesto made available to the political desk of The Pioneer, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly member hopeful is said to be gracefully prepared to serve, having been trained, tested and trusted to deliver.
With Grace Liberation Project as his campaign organ, Ben is said to join the race with a mission “to ensure that new legislations that reflect our present ethical, economic, social and political realities are provided.”
He has got all it takes to qualify him for the position he is seeking to occupy come 2023. First, he is an indigene of Ikot Nsung Ikono in Uyo Local Government Area, where probably the zoning favours.
In terms of educational background, no other person could have been more qualified than this Ikot Nsung Ikono-born son who attended his primary education in three schools of Baptist Primary School, Lagos; St. Joseph Primary School, Ikot Ofon, Ikono and L. A. Primary School, Lagos where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC).
Ben got his West African Education Certificate (WAEC) at Holy Family College, Abak, from where he proceeded to the University of Benin, Benin and bagged a degree in Law (LL.B, after which he graduated from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
The State House of Assembly member hopeful possesses personal attributes and leadership qualities which do not only stand him out among his contemporaries but endear him to the people he seeks to represent.
Among these are: ability to identify issues and find solution, ability to collaborate with relevant organs of government to achieve result, and openness to other people’s point of view in constructive engagement to determine the best option in collective agreement on any issue or action.
He has held positions of responsibilities which has prepared him for higher responsibilities such as the State House of Assembly. Among the positions he has occupied before include: the lay president, Methodist Church of Nigeria, Diocese of Eket, Obong Iwaad Uyo, chairman Nigeria Red Cross Society, Uyo, patron, Boys Brigade, Uyo Division and patron, Boys Scout, Akwa Ibom State.
Others are: chairman, Youth Caucus, Uyo Local Government Area, chairman, Youth Council, Uyo local government area, founding member and chairman, constitution drafting committeeof NAKISS, first senate president of NAKISS, 1990 and founding member, SACKS Social Club, the first registered youth organization upon the creation of Akwa Ibom State in 1987.
The legislative action plan of Ben as he aspires to represent his people at the State House of Assembly includes: to articulate and promote equal opportunity legislation, to promote the review of our legislative mechanism to reflect the evolving ethical economic, social and political realities, to support public policy legislation that would provide basic amenities and infrastructures for community developments.
Others are: promote land reservation, legislation for agricultural purposes and cultural preservation of our historical heritage sites and promote legislation against bias, discrimination and abuse of persons with disability or special needs.
Ben is a responsible family man, married to Bridget Mfon-Abasi Ben and the union is blessed with three children. He is a legal practitioner with several years of private and corporate practice within and outside the state as well as estate consultant with broad based experience in oil and gas, innovative technology, which has been the platform to help other members of the society over the years in his private capacity.
As he aspires to serve his people in a higher capacity in the State House of Assembly, it is believed that his victory will provide him the ample opportunity to maximize his service.