BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI— SPEAKER, Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunkwu, yesterday, called on members and staff of the House and citizens of the state to put behind them the recent disagreement that led to removal of the former Speaker, Mr. Ikechukwu Nwankwo, so that the state could move forward.
He stated that such measure would not only engender development and progress but also ensure mutual understanding among citizens of the state, irrespective of political interest.
The speaker made the call during a get together organised for the less privileged and disabled to mark this year’s Christmas celebration in the state.
He noted that he was working with members of the State House of Assembly to ensure that no bickering and disorder existed in the House, adding that the ouster of the former speaker came by divine providence and therefore should not be blown out of proportion.
“Everybody is happy with the recent development in the House. That’s the truth. If you interview some of the staff in the House, or watched what happened the day the former speaker was impeached, you will discover that in each street, people were very happy, thanking God for what happened. What happened that day was the hand work of God,” he said.
According to him, the mantle of speaker came to him by surprise and by unanimous decision of members of the State House of Assembly.
He stressed that the major thrust of his administration would be to ensure unity among members of the House and peace in the state in particular.
The speaker, who represents Ebonyi North East constituency at the State House of Assembly, enjoined citizens of the state to put God first as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, adding that his decision to celebrate with the less privileged and disabled in society was basically to give them a sense of belonging.
and hope for a better tomorrow.
Nwazunku stated that he had increased the sitting allowances of all members of the House as a way of boosting their productivity quotient, assuring that all the benefits meant for members would always get to them throughout his tenure as Speaker.
He said: “Our primary aim is to unite our people and make sure that they get the real dividend of democracy. If you give people exactly what is due to them, they will be happy. The increased allowances for members of the House are exactly what they need at this time.”