OrderPaperToday – The Delta State House of Assembly has given itself a pass mark having passed 14 out of 23 Bills considered in its first year.
The Speaker, Mr. Monday Igbuya who gave the score on Tuesday in Asaba at the resumption of plenary, also expressed satisfaction with the high degree of cooperation among the three arms of government in the State.
Igbuya however charged his colleagues to double up and focus on bills and oversight activities that will address the economic hardship faced by Deltans, saying: “there are pending bills in need of urgent attention. We shall expedite action on these bills. I equally urge you to rise to the challenges in the writing and sponsorship of bills that will stimulate economic development as well as encourage peace, unity and stability.”
While reflecting on the challenges facing the state, he advised the members to focus on bills that will expand the economic base of the state,” stressing that “we have serious economic problems in the country. Projected revenues are falling. The problems of the economy cannot be solved by blame shifting. We must face these problems squarely.
“I wish to seize this opportunity to affirm our unwavering commitment to the actualization of a great Delta. Deltans want purposeful legislation. We must continue to improve governance, business and livelihood. We must continue to give good and quality representation. We must maintain the symbiotic relationship between us and the governor to ensure that more dividends of democracy come to the people. We must continue to work with the people.”
He also described the recent town hall meetings in the various constituencies as a positive development and a huge plus for democracy.
He said further: “I hope the recess has afforded us the opportunity to interact with the people whose mandate we hold in trust. I believe the information gathered during the town hall meetings will help us realize our aspiration to make Delta State one of the enviable states in the country. I also hope the issues highlighted during the town hall meetings will serve as a guide to our legislative activities even now.
“The strength of any legislature lies in its degree of cohesiveness. A united legislature will always resist external influence and manipulation. It will always stand on the side of the people.
“We must resist all temptations that could create disaffection among us. Let us continue to maintain peace and unity.”