Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Could sleeping during Official sessions be effective representation in Cal. South?

L-R: Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey Sleeping in a meeting with online Jounalist and Rt. Hon. Essien Ayi sleeping on the floor of the House 

| 28 March 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

The Deputy Speaker of the 8th Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Joseph Bassey fondly called Papa, was caught on camera in a position that presupposes he had fell into a deep slumber right in the middle of a press briefing with members of Association of Cross River online Journalist (ACROJ).

The press briefing which lasted over 55 minutes saw the Deputy Speaker in attendance for not more than 15 minutes.

Which is to say the Deputy Speaker may have slept almost throughout his stay in the meeting.

The picture of the sleeping Deputy Speaker which had gone viral on various social platforms also generated so much comments.

What makes this story unique is the fact that the Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey is gunning for the Federal House to represent Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Calabar south, an office which Apostle Hon. Essien Ekpenyong Ayi currently occupies and he seems willing and ready to return to the House for the fifth time. 

With the release of this picture of the sleeping Deputy Speaker,  constituents have now raised major concerns as regards effective representation. 

It should also be recalled that Apst. Essien Ayi is taunted for always passing time in the green chambers as he has severally been caught sleeping on the floor of the house and during important official functions. 

This new development has thrown constituents into confusion as to which of the two sleepers will be effective sleepers in the House come 2019.