The Day Delta Speaker, Oborevwori Received Vote Of Confidence From Workers, Amid Cheers

In a bid to demonstrate their appreciation, love and admiration fornthe Speaker’s good leadership of the Assembly, staff of the Delta State House of Assembly organized a grand reception to welcome the Speaker and other lawmakers from their Christmas and New Year recess penultimate Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
This is coming on the heels of the release of the long-awaited outfitv allowance and jumbo Christmas bonus to the workers through the instrumentality of the Speaker, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori JP, MNIM.
On the day of the grand reception held at the Assembly Complex, workers who were all well-dressed thronged the venue as all the roads leading to the venue witnessed a great human conurbation and a new comer to the Assembly would think a great festival was taking place in the complex.
The venue of the occasion was well kept and given a new look for the occasion. As early as 9am, the venue had been crowded by Assembly workers even as more people and visitors were still storming the venue to be part of the August event.
Women were not left out of the gathering as a preponderant population of women was noticed at the reception hall, given credence to the fact that women are administratively and socially conscious with state issues.
The atmosphere at the reception venue changed for the better with the arrival of the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori accompanied by principal officers and other members.
The workers rushed towards the Speaker and others to greet them while the ever increasing crowd was surging forward as many tried to have a glimpse of the Speaker who had done well in ensuring the release of their long-awaited outfit allowance.
The Speaker clad in white native attire and a “resource control” hat to match readily walked into the hands of the Assembly workers led by the PASAN Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Edozie.
The Speaker and others exchanged greetings and shook hands with the Assembly workers before they were ushered to the high table. In his opening address, the Chairman of the Delta State Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria [ PASAN ] Comrade Emmanuel Edozie while welcoming the Speaker and other members, posited that the reception was organized by the union to welcome the Speaker and other lawmakers from their recess.
Comrade Edozie expressed satisfaction on the cordial relationship existing between PASAN and the state legislature led by the noble Speaker, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
He was full of praise for the Speaker for listening to their yearnings and coming to their aid when the need arose, adding that Oborevwori worked tirelessly in ensuring the release of their long-awaited outfit allowance and Christmas bonus which led to a peaceful working environment
The elated PASAN Chairman who described Oborevwori as a visionary leader whose achievements remain unparalleled in the history of the Assembly, said the union was organising a welcome party for the Speaker to thank him for his goodwill to the Assembly staff and urged him not to relent in his good efforts at meeting the welfare needs of the Assembly staff.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, while thanking the union for the honour, expressed gratitude to God for been instrumental to making their work at the Assembly impactful; “without which nobody can get the honour.”
He noted that the House did tremendously well in the year 2017 in respect of the number of bills passed and signed into law and promised to sustain the existing relationship between the executive and the legislature and urged the staff to be more alive with their duties.
The union later passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker and presented the Speaker with a letter of commendation for his outstanding sterling leadership qualities and commitment to the welfare of workers.
Earlier, the Assembly staff had a prayer session at the Assembly Chapel to thank God for His mercies and goodness to the staff and for using the Speaker to release their outfit allowance and Christmas bonus.
Indeed, the Assembly staff had every reason to thank God for the release of their allowances through the Speaker.
Over the years, the issue of non-payment of outfit allowance to Assembly workers had been an albatross militating against the smooth running of the Assembly and working relationship between the workers and the leadership of the Assemblies across the nation.
There have been rounds of running battle between staff of the Assembly and management of the Assembly following non release of the outfit allowance for workers.
During that period, Staff of the Delta State House of Assembly shut down the assembly complex in protest over welfare issues.
The Delta State Chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria [PASAN] Comrade Emmanuel Edozien while presenting a copy of the union’s demand to the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Legislative Matters, Rt. Hon Martins Okonta, at the gate of the assembly complex said the move was to enable the governor’s aide intervene on the issues that led to the staff going on strike in order to bring an end to the imbroglio.
Members of the association locked the two entrance gates to the assembly complex located along Okpanam Road Asaba and prevented both workers and elected members from gaining access, but security operatives were later drafted to maintain peace.
Comrade Edozien appealed to the leadership of the House to look into their demands to enable the staff go back to work.
He listed some of their demands to include the non-payment of impress and running cost alleging that his members were receiving very poor medical attention at the Assembly Clinic which he claimed, lacked any drug store.
“For the outfit and special duty allowances, it is a yearly ritual. It is something that has existed over the years across legislatures all over the country. The House has refused to move our files to the governor. This touches on workers’ welfare, so we will not let it go just like that,” he vowed.
“Since February 2016, there is no single drugstore at the Assembly Clinic and this is affecting the staff. In the past two months, we have lost about four staffs. What is happening is not good for the system. We said at least, let some drugs be provided, they refused. “A Doctor cannot service the Assembly staff, the members, their relatives and the assembly commission.”
Edozie alleged that the House has also neglected “certain aspects of deceased staffs’ welfare, who died in active service,” adding that the House has now abandoned burial arrangements for those who died in active service to bereaved families, while at the same time, the House has relented in payment of outstanding