Reaffirms Commitment On Oil Subsidy Report
By Austine Etaghene
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Tambuwal, has expressed satisfaction at the high level of development in key sectors of Delta State economy
The Speaker who gave his impressions after inspecting some key projects of the state government in Asaba, enjoined Deltans to support Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to achieve more for the state.
Tambuwal who inspected the new Government House and the Ultra Modern Multi-Storey classroom Blocks at Saint Patrick’s College, said he was impressed with the quality of work.
He commended Uduaghan for his foresight in building the Asaba International Airport, and described the development of infrastructure by the Uduaghan administration as “a silent revolution” which deserves the cooperation and understanding of Deltans.
On the relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government, Tambuwal advised the two arms to continue to partner in the interest of the people.
The speaker who was accompanied by principal officers of the House of Assembly, was conducted round the projects by Uduaghan.
Meanwhile the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Tambuwal has said that no amount of blackmail or intimidation would prevent the House from going ahead with the Oil Subsidy report.
The Speaker who announced this while declaring open the Delta State House of Assembly Public Lecture to mark the first anniversary of the fifth Assembly said those found wanting would be held accountable for their actions. He assured Nigerians that, irrespective of the present diversionary tactics of some people the House would stand firm and the report would be implemented.
Tambuwal said it was unfortunate that people would go at any length to make Nigerians loose confidence in the report, but gave the assurance that the House was irrevocably committed to the report.
The Speaker who used the occasion to call for working synergy between the legislature and executive said it was only through that process Nigerian would enjoy dividends of democracy.
He stressed the need for the three arms of government to be mutually complimentary and accord each other the required degree of respect to ensure that the welfare of citizens and their living standard form the nucleus of all policies and programmes.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan stated that his administration was working harmoniously with the different arms of government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
He explained that the major challenges of the state were security, human capital development and infrastructural development stressing that his administration has created a conducive environment to tackle the challenges.
Speaking further, he said that job creation was one of the programmes his administration was using to solve the challenges of kidnapping and other criminal issues facing the state, adding that he was also building a state beyond oil to prepare for the raining day.
He observed that his administration cannot achieve its goals without the co-operation of the legislature and commended members of the assembly for their support.
“We cannot achieve our goal as a state without the legislature, that is why we take the development of our legislature in Delta State seriously. The legislature has been supportive to the state policies.
He continued “There has been co-operation between the government and legislature. Whatever decision the legislature and executive take is for the benefit of all Deltans. I assure you that we will continue to work together.”
In his opening address, the host Speaker, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei said the Delta State House of Assembly was partnering with other arms of government in order to move the state forward. He thanked Governor Uduaghan for his continuous support and interest shown in the affairs of the Assembly and pledged the Assembly’s co-operation at all times.
He explained that the legislature and executives were agents of transformation and charged the two organs to avoid disunity that would endanger their progress.
Professor Fidelis Odita who delivered the 2nd lecture on the role of legislature in a representative democracy explained that legislators should be mindful of their functions and be good representatives of the populace.