Delta state house of Assembly speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori, has said the seventh Assembly passed a total of nine bills into law within a year.
Addressing Journalists Thursday on the activities to mark the second anniversary of the seventh Assembly of Delta State, Oborevwori, flanked by his colleagues disclosed that the house is commitment 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.
“The second session of the seventh Assembly was birthed in turbulence occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic and general meltdown in economic activities, including lingering security challenges that are confronting us as a nation, the House made modest progress in its mandate areas of lawmaking, representation and oversight.
“As we begin a new session today, we pray that the challenges of the second session should not repeat itself to enable the House to comprehensively provide good governance and deepen the tenets of democracy to the benefit of the good and peace-loving people of Delta state.
“The House received a total of fourteen bills, nine was passed and eight already assented to by governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Five of the bills are still under legislative consideration. Apart from the received bills, the House also legislated on thirty-four motions within the period under reviewed.
“It is heartwarming to know that we are making steady progress every day. We started on a good note and I do not doubt by the special grace of God, we are going to finish strong. We have not relented in making sure that we will continue to drive positive change and remain 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 altered).
“Today, I wish to present the legislative achievements of the House for the period under review: June 2020–June 2021. Within the period, a total of fourteen bills and thirty-four motions were received by the House. Nine were executive bills, while five were private member bills.
“Out of the fourteen bills, nine have been passed and eight were given assent by the governor. The remaining five bills are still undergoing legislative consideration in the House. One remarkable feat among the bills passed and assented to is the passage and establishment of the three new universities in the state.
“This is to cater for our qualified teaming youths that wish to further their education to the tertiary level but were not getting admissions due to limited admission spaces. The Delta State House of Assembly enjoys a good working relationship with the workers’ union, the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
“There is a high level of mutual respect between the leadership of the House and the union. I will like to commend the management and staff of the Assembly for their dedication and commitment to duty which has helped in the success recorded thus far.
“It is our desire to make Delta state House of Assembly a rallying point for all constituents who have elected us to serve them. We will remain committed to service and democracy. We will continue to strive with total commitment and sense of accountability to facilitate the implementation of the Okowa administration policies and programmes.
“On behalf of my colleagues, I wish to thank all our constituents for their support, cooperation and prayers. We pledge to remain committed in discharging the duties we are elected to perform.”
The speaker however commended his colleagues for all the supports and the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for what he described as the governor’s unwavering commitment and adherence to the principles of separation of power which, according to him, has been the major reason behind the peaceful collaboration between the state executive and other arms of government.