Seventh Delta Assembly kicks off amid concerns, expectations | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

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“We need to understand that as representatives of the people, we must always consult with our constituents who sent us to the House and as messengers that we are, it is expected that we return home often to brief them on our representation.”

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa recently forwarded a list of eight cabinet nominees to the Delta State House of Assembly in what many observers described as an attempt to keep the lawmakers busy and out of mischiefs.

While laying emphasis on the need to work for unity rather than political divisions, Okowa stated: “Our people have entrusted us with this special mandate with a resounding victory in the last elections. The least we can do for them is to ensure that we make good laws for good governance, security of lives and property and ensure service to the people for a Stronger Delta State.

“Going forward, we will stress the need for improvement of the internal operations of the House, improvement of internal and external communications and collaboration with civil society organizations/development partners. I believe as a team, we can make our Assembly the envy of other states’ legislatures.”

Egba said the expectation of every Deltan like himself “is that they will make laws and pass bills that will bring the dividends of democracy and sustainable development nearer to the masses.” Also, while urging the lawmakers to deemphasise political considerations, a lawyer, Mr. Benedita Osakuni, told The Guardian, “Having emerged from free and fair primaries, with a further mandate at the general elections, the people expect the best from the first eleven the state has presented. Gladly, the leadership of the 7th House is apparently square pegs in square holes, as they are political leaders who know what is expected of them.

However, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Christopher Ochor, assured Deltans of an improved service delivery from the legislative arm of government that will affect their socio-economic status in line with state government’s agenda. Ochor, who represents Ukwuani constituency, remarked that members of the current Assembly would aspire to uphold the benchmark already set by their predecessors and surpass the vibrancy of the Sixth Assembly.

The immediate past deputy speaker, Mr. Friday Osanebi, felicitated with Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and his successor, Hon. Ochor, on their emergence as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively. He expressed the hope that the two would work harmoniously to deliver the goods.


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