Delta State House of Assembly, Speaker, Mr. Sherif Oborevwori, on Thursday sarcastically mocked the relationship that exist between the National Assembly and the Executive at the federal, saying such relationship is counter productive and does not exist between the house and the executive in the state.
Oborevwori, stated this while briefing Journalists on the activities to mark the third anniversary of the sixth Assembly in Asaba, noted that “Our relationship with the executive is very cordial, is not like that kind of relationship of the National Assembly and the Executive at the federal as we all are seeing today. We cannot but appreciate the Governor of the State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, for his unwavering support for the Assembly. He sees the legislature as his first constituency and that is why the legislature and the executive are enjoying a harmonious working relationship.”
The speaker while commending his colleagues for all the support given him so far, disclosed that a total of 75 bills and 36 motions were received in the last one year of the sixth Assembly with a total of 36 bills from the executive while 39 were from private member bills.
“During this period, the House received a total of seventy-five bills and thirty-six motions. Thirty-six of these were executive bills, while thirty-nine were private member bills. Twenty-seven bills have been passed and assented to, while five bills are awaiting assent. Ten bills are at the committee of the whole house, while ten are pending at various committees of the house. One bill however was withdrawn by leave of the house, and one failed first reading.
“We hinged this firm belief on the fact that the legislature as an arm of government, and indeed, the Sixth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly would be an instrument of change committed to the promotion of democratic tenets, the rule of Law and the Supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”
Oborevwori, said during the period under review, the House had its fair share of challenges and experiences, and while the challenges from the onset seemed daunting, they knew that with determination and commitment they could do much for Deltans who deserve nothing but the best at all times.
According to the Speaker, the house is not unmindful of the yearnings and expectations of Deltans for a proactive and forward thinking government which puts its people first, adding that it is on record that the Assembly passed the appropriation law, 2018 in November 2017, and was assented to on 18th December, 2017.
“Another major feat also recorded was the successful approval of the fourth alteration of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) passed by two-third majority of Houses of Assembly in Nigeria. I am delighted to inform you that 7th June, 2018 marks the end of the third session of the Sixth Assembly.
“Just like yesterday, three sessions in the life of the Sixth Assembly have gone and we are entering the last lap of our tenure. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to Almighty God, for it is with a sense of humility that I once again stand on this ground to address you on this very unique occasion.
“Looking back, we have every reason to be grateful to God Almighty for His love, guidance and protection which has seen us thus far. ” Oborevwori said.