Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, on Thursday, said that from June 8, 2015 when the State House of Assembly was sworn in to June 7, 2018, the state legislature has received a total of 75 bills and moved 36 motions. He said out of the 75 bills, 36 were executive bills while 39 were private member bills.
If the 39 private member bills were to be carefully analysed, it means out of the 29 member House of Assembly, a member has proposed at least a bill for three years the house has been sitting and debating on the floor of the house.
From the number of bills presented, it also means the house has been setting up committees on executive bills sent from office of the governor as it is evident from the 36 executive bills which were sent from the governor’s office.
The Speaker, who briefed journalists on the successes recorded at the end of the thrid year of the state house of assembly, also said 27 bills have been passed and assented by the governor while five are awaiting the governor’s assent.
Speaker Oborevwori added that 10 bills are at the committee stages while 10 are pending at various committees of the house, noting that one bill has, however, been withdrawn by the house just as one failed at first reading.
The Speaker told journalists that the success so far recorded in the house was not unconnected with the cordial working relationship the state assembly has with the governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, noting that as an experienced former senator, the governor sees the legislature as his first constituency “and that is why the legislature and executive are enjoying a harmonious working relationship.”
He said as in other institutions and organs of government, the state legislature has also had its fair share of challenges but added that “while the challenges from the onset seemed daunting, we knew that with determination and commitment we could do much for Deltans who deserve nothing but the best at all times.”
He said this belief is hinged “on the firm belief that the legislature as an arm of government and indeed the sixth assembly of the Delta state house of assembly would be instrument of change committed to the promotion of democratic tenets, rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Speaker, who said the house followed due process in receiving the bills, said they are properly debated on the floor of the house, sent to committees before they are passed to the state governor for assent, adding that the state house of assembly is doing exceptionally well compared to other states in the country.
He attributed the success recorded to the house to the cooperation and unity of members who are willing to work together to achieve a common goal for the people of the state and specifically for their various constituencies.
Specifically, he said the house has put to rest the continuous protest which was a major occurrence in the past leadership, saying staff welfare is being taken care of, their money is being paid, hence the house leadership and staff have good relationship.
According to him, “We are doing our best in terms of law making and oversight function, the governor does not interfere with the affairs of the house. Things are working smoothly in our constituncies.”