By Tony Edike
ENUGU – FORMER Presidents of the Senate, Senators Anyim Pius Anyim and Adolphus Wabara, yesterday, described the legislature as a war-front where ideas, thoughts and views about the sustenance of democracy is canvassed, saying that lawmakers must emphasize the making of laws that have direct impact on the welfare of their constituents.
They spoke just as the National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East, Chief Olisa Metuh, and Second Republic Senator, Chief Onyeabor Obi, cautioned the present crop of legislators not to see their membership of the legislature as avenues for personal enrichment but a call to duty, stressing that they would be deemed to have failed in their responsibilities if they failed to serve as a link between the executive and the people.
They spoke at the opening of a two-day retreat for House of Assembly members-elect from the five South-East states holding in Enugu.
Anyim said: “I am delighted to note that the work of a legislature is principally a war of thought; indeed a war fought on the platform of ideas. It’s a game of wits; it’s a race run on tactics.
“The House environment is usually conducive and convivial on the surface but underneath lies high stake intrigues driven by the desire to secure constituency agenda.”
“For this reason, I make bold to say that South-East must not only have an agenda but all members must commit to this agenda.
“I further make bold to say that the identity of every legislature should be legislative or constituency agenda.
“It is your effective execution of your legislative agenda that connects you to your constituency.”
Anyim noted that unlike in the time past when fresh legislators did not have the opportunity of enjoying a retreat to prepare themselves for the business of legislation, the present crop of lawmakers, having been prepared before taking up the responsibility, would have no reason to fail the nation at this critical point in time.
Wabara urged the newly elected lawmakers to show some magnanimity to those who contested with them but lost, so as to gain from their experience.