BY JIMITOTA Onoyume
Port Harcourt—Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, yesterday, called on the National Assembly to engage in what he termed political and parliamentary activism to save the country’s democracy.
The governor, when he hosted the Chairman, House Committee on Emergency and Disaster, Mr. Ifedayi Abegunde and other members of the committee at Government House, Port Harcourt, said they should see political and parliamentary activism as part of their oversight functions.
He urged the lawmakers to take steps to protect the country’s democracy, saying, “The judiciary became judicial activists in 2007 when I got the Supreme Court Judgment. You can also be progressives in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. If the parliamentarians don’t do that, then one day, the citizens will wake up and start running for their lives. That is why you and I have the responsibility to repair the damage. We need to protect our democracy.
“I must say that, at different occasions, you had risen to defend democracy. You have a big assignment. The assignment has both natural and man-made disasters. The disasters include the ones in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa. We are living in a disastrous country, with disasters everywhere.
There is even disaster in the revenue that we are sharing. You won’t believe that from N18 billion to N20 billion Federal Allocation that we have been receiving from the Federal Government, we now receive only about N13 billion monthly, meaning that our wage bill is now affected by disaster. Social developments are also affected, that is disaster too.”