'We Are Not Rubber Stamp To Governor Okowa,' Says Delta Assembly Speaker - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, June 11, 2020

'We Are Not Rubber Stamp To Governor Okowa,' Says Delta Assembly Speaker

By Dave Obaro, Asaba

Amidst growing dissatisfaction among Deltans over the manner, Delta State House of Assembly has, allegedly, played the script prepared by the executive arm of government in the state, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has said that the Delta State law makers were never a rubber stamp to the executive arm.

Oborevwori, however, added that the law makers had developed a very good synergy between them and the executive.

The Speaker disclosed this while briefing journalists in Asaba, the state capital, to commemorate the first anniversary of the seventh assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly.

He said: “We are not rubber stamp to the executive and working together does not mean that we are rubber stamp."

The Speaker further gave his stewardship on the success so far achieved by the Seventh Assembly, adding that upon the inauguration of the Seventh Assembly, they met and put down the following objective to create an Assembly that is based on knowledgeable staff and well informed legislators with the ability to improve competence, Timely consideration and processing of bills.

Others, he stated, include physical transformation of the Assembly complex and legislators quarters, Assembly that will provide effective service delivery to the people of the state and constructive engagement of the executive in policy formulation and transformation of same into law when necessary.

Oborevwori re-assures Deltans that the Seventh Assembly would continue to drive positive changes and remain committed to the promotion of the rule of law and democratic tenets saying that, “The Seventh Assembly is a work in progress and more resilient, purposeful, committed and always available for legislative responsibilities in plenary, committees and oversight assignment.”

He also mentioned the series of training and re-training, including workshops for members and staff in different parts of the state and outside the state.

He noted that in the period under revenue, 14 Bills were received, nine of them were passed  and nine others assented to.

According to him, within the same period, a total of 66 motions were received and 66 resolutions were adopted accordingly.

On the area of physical transformation of the Assembly complex and legislative Quarters, the Speaker said that the seventh Assembly decided to improve the aesthetics of the complex and the legislators' quarters to provide a conducive working environment for members and staffs.

He further said that the State Assembly would continue to provide effective service delivery to the people, and in spite of the Corona Virus pandemic and the attendant health risk.

He assured that the leadership of the house was working in line with the State Government guidelines and NCDC protocols to enable the House sit at plenary to consider and pass critical Finance Bills to effectively position the State in the trying times.

The Bills, he cited, include: Delta State Fiscal Responsibility (Amendment) law 2020, Delta state public procurement law 2020. Delta State revised Appropriation law 2020 and Delta state Internal revenue law, 2020.

The Speaker also intimated the press that the Honourable members of the Seventh Assembly had actively engaged in constituency visits and town hall meetings to feel the pulse of their constituents, receive feedbacks and also promote government programmes and policies.

He noted that during the lockdown by the state government, members of the House provided palliatives to help constituents cope with the hardship occasioned by the Corona Virus pandemic.

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