Breaking News
Translate

Gov Emmanuel, Akpabio others seek collaboration for devt

By Chioma Onuegbu

SENATE Minority Leader and immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Governor Udom Emmanuel, Senator Effiong Bob and Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke,  have emphasized the need for the state executive, legislature and judiciary to work in close collaboration to enhance the development of the state.

The leaders spoke at the public lecture to mark the silver jubilee of Akwa Ibom State legislature, weekend, at the state Assembly lobby.

Senator Akpabio, who chaired the occasion, said the executive must support, cooperate and partner with the legislature to succeed, stressing that the role of the legislature in ensuring political stability and peace needed for the development of the state cannot be overemphasised.

Akpabio

He said: “I had the opportunity to serve Akwa Ibom State for six years as commissioner in different ministries including the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. At that time, I worked closely with the state legislature. And as a governor, I also worked closely with the House of Assembly.

“I saw the impact the House of Assembly can make towards the development of the state.”

In his presentation on The Role of the Legislature in the Development of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Effiong Bob urged the executive and judiciary not to see the legislature as an enemy but as constitutional partners in development.

Also speaking, Rt. Honourable Onofiok Luke said: “Within 25years, we have placed side-by-side the priorities of our people with our oversight role. We have not used the tool of oversight to hinder government’s programmes.”

While declaring the event open, Governor Emmanuel assured that the executive would continue to partner and cooperate with the current assembly to actualize the  Akwa Ibom project.

“My administration has enjoyed tremendous support from the state lawmakers. We co-exist in an atmosphere of love, peace and dedication to the issues that brought us together as opposed to those that divide us,” he said.

A major highlight of the event was the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom Legislative Internship Programme, AKILIP, which Akpabio described as the first of its kind in Africa.

“We believe that oversight should be geared to ensuring government transparency, identifying ways in which government actions could be carried out more efficiently and effectively, and proposing alternative policy approaches to the other arms of government

“For a smooth, continuous and accelerated development of Akwa Ibom State, interference by political parties or the executive arm of government to cut short the stay of a legislator in office must stop. Only the electorate have the right through the ballot to stop any lawmaker from being re-elected.

“When it concerns development, in fulfilment of the collective mandates of Akwa Ibom people ethnic interest, political rivalry, godfatherism and any form of grand standing must be laid aside” he stated.

The uncommon transformation that people were shouting during my tenure as governor would have been a fluke and impossible if the House of Assembly did not cooperate with me.”

Senator Akpabio said the state silver jubilee was worth celebrating considering the contributions of the current and past lawmakers towards the development, progress and unity of the state.

He however used the occasion to assure Akwa Ibom citizens that defected to other political parties especially the All Progressives Congress, APC, who have indicated interest to return to the PDP where they belong that they would be received with open arms.

“I use this opportunity to welcome APC members and others from other political parties who are here today and who will soon join the PDP before the next election. The state Governor is waiting to receive you”, he stressed.

In his presentation on “The Role of the Legislature in the Development of Akwa Ibom State” Senator Effiong Bob urged the executive and judicial arms of government not see the legislature as an enemy but constitutional partners in development.

He recommended that financial autonomy be granted to the state house of assembly.

“For a smooth, continuous and accelerated development of Akwa Ibom State, interference by political parties or the executive arm of government to cut short the stay of a legislator in office must stop. Only the electorate have the right through the ballot to stop any lawmaker from being re-elected.

“When it concerns development, in fulfilment of the collective mandates of Akwa Ibom people ethnic interest, political rivalry, godfatherism and any form of grand standing must be laid aside” he stated.

Effiong Bob, who was the second deputy speaker in the Akwa Ibom State first assembly said the in 25 years the House has played crucial roles in the development of the state.

According to him, “within the last 25years the state house of assembly has passed 184 bills for assent by the state Governors. However it is not clear how many of those bills passed by the house were signed into law by the state governors over the period of time.”

A major highlight of the event was the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom Legislative Internship Programme, AKILIP, which Akpabio described as the first of its kind in Africa.

While declaring the event open, Governor Udom Emmanuel reassured that the executive would continue to partner and cooperate with the current assembly to actualize the  Akwa Ibom project.

“My administration has enjoyed quite a tremendous support from the state lawmakers. We co-exist in the atmosphere of love, peace and utmost dedication to the issues that brought us together as opposed to those that divide us,” he said.

Also speaking, Rt. Honourable Onofiok Luke said: “Within 25years, we have placed side-by-side the priorities of our people with our oversight role. We have not used the tool of oversight to hinder government’s programmes.

“We believe that oversight should be geared to ensuring government transparency, identifying ways in which government actions could be carried out more efficiently and effectively, and proposing alternative policy approaches to the other arms of government.

“Our modest achievements in the past two years are reflections of the strong support of Governor of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel whose cooperation and kind disposition towards the Akwa Ibom state legislature have heightened our output in the last two years. His support is commendable especially in the face of the state’s little income.”

 


Disclaimer

Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.