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DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY: 2013 LEGISLATIVE YEAR AND PEOPLS’S EXPECTATIONS

WITH the resumption from yuletide recess there are expectations that members of the Delta state House of Assembly are poised to consolidate the gains of effective representation and the expansion of the frontiers of democratic dividends to their constituents.

An indication to this could be gleaned from the Speaker’s address to the members welcoming them back to business and the 2013 legislative year.

The Speaker minced no words when he explained that the recess has been very useful as it  not only offered members opportunity for stock taking  and interacting with the constituents, but  the benefits of such interactions have equipped the lawmakers  with more information on the people’s areas of needs and the determination to meet the people’s yearnings and aspirations.

The Speaker was also firm and optimistic that as the House resumes sitting for the2013 legislative year, members would step up efforts in their oversight functions as well as widening the scope of legislative and effective representation for the people within the limits of the relevant enabling laws.

This position of the Speaker is commendable and in tandem with the peoples’ yearnings and aspirations for the new legislative year.

As the Lawmakers return to the hallowed chambers of the House, people’s expectations are high with regards to the ability and willingness of the legislators to continue and even redouble their efforts in meeting the needs of the people.

The Lawmakers should continue to demonstrate their belief in their constituents, the other arms of government and the determination to apply lawmaking as a veritable instrument of improving the wellbeing of the people.

They should lubricate those machinery that have kept them going and meeting the needs of the people.

Some of the factors that have kept the state House of Assembly going strong, robust and vibrant in its responsibility to the people no doubt are cordial and harmonious relationship with the executive and other  relevant arms of  government as well as  the sense of responsibility, proactive and pragmatic leadership demonstrated by the Speaker Rt, Hon. Victor Ochei  and other principal officers of the legislature.

People expect that the existing cordial rapport and resilience and patriotic zeal of the legislators would have a combined effect of spurring the lawmakers to promptly pass the 2013 appropriation bill into law for the governor’s assent.

The prompt passage, of the bill will no doubt go a long way in greasing the wheels and entire machinery of government in further expanding the frontiers of the dividends of democracy to the people and the state.

It is also the peoples expectation that other bills before the legislature receive prompt attention of the law makers in 2013.particularly the bill seeking the domestication of the Freedom Of Information Act. which in effect is expected to deepen democracy and  give eloquent expression to  the expansion of the access to information highway and the dissemination of information in the state.

The lawmakers appreciate the sensibilities of the people and, from all indications, are ready to meet these expectations in 2013.

It is, therefore, no surprise that at the first sitting in the 2013 legislative year, one of the directives of the Speaker was for the House committee to liaise with the federal ministry of information and the National Assembly to cross fertilize ideas on the grey areas or issues bothering on ambiguity before the House would domesticate the Act.

It is also gratifying that the House has reaffirmed its commitment to the early passage of the appropriation bill for 2013.

From 2011 till date, the House has received 24 bills out of which seven have been passed into law and assented to by the governor, five are awaiting governors, assent, seven others are at the committee stage while three have passed second reading.

Indeed, year 2013 is full of tasks and expectations which only diligence, patriotic zeal and commitment to democratic norms and values are vital for the fulfillment of people’s expectations

The legislators as the peoples representatives need support and cooperation from their constituents  so as to enable them effectively represent the people.

 

Source: THE POINTER

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