Ebonyi Ex Speaker Identifies Oversight Power as Most Challenging
By Chibueze Victor, Abakaliki
Former Speaker, Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuri, has identified the oversight power against the operations of other arms of government in lawmaking processes was quite a challenging task in carrying out their legislative functions during his recent concluded administration under his speakership.
The Speaker, Ebonyi 5th Assembly made this speech during the State House of Assembly’s valedictory session held this Friday, at the state House Hallow Chamber, Nkaleke Road, Abakaliki.
He explained, “The business of the legislature is not an easy one as you all know, but we did what we believed in. That is to say that we rendered service to our state and to our people. The legislature is not only saddled with the responsibility of making laws, we are empowered by constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria also to oversight the other arms of government. That task was quite challenging but we exercise it with utmost discretion for the best interest of Ebonyi people.”
The former Speaker and the lawmaker elect, representing Izzi West in the State Assembly, expressed happiness for having recorded huge successes in his time of presiding as the Honourable Speaker of the House, pointing that their initiation of rebuilding the then obsolete chamber being approved by the state governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, gave the House an outstanding record in carrying out their duties.
Hon. Nwifuru further noted that his regime as the Speaker of the House, passed the highest number of bills into laws and other resolutions in the history of the state Assembly.
“The 5th Assembly passed the highest number of bills and other resolutions in the history of Ebonyi State House of Assembly. We passed a total number of 49 bills into laws which have all been assented by the governor of Ebonyi State State and a total number of 285 resolutions which are impacting positively on the lives of our revered constituents.
“We equally handled effectively, letters emanating from the office of the governor seeking approvals and authentications, we screen and confirmed governor’s nominees for appointments and other issues of legislative concerns brought before the Honourable House, including the valedictory sessions for our departed former Honourable members,” he pointed out.
The former Honourable Speaker, also stated that the House through their avowed determination ensured the welfare of staff working in the House, and for the administrative convenience of the his lawmakers, adding that through their influence, the governor constituted the state House of Assembly Service Commission within six months in office which in his words has boosted the working relationship and welfare of the Assembly staff.
He extolled the State governor whom he said that his support enabled all the House members during his regime as Speaker to be able to execute development projects in their respective constituencies, saying that this feat remains an eloquent testimony in his led administration as a Speaker of the state Assembly.
However, the former Speaker as well charged his co-lawmakers to make step forward for advancing democratic government as he appreciated their individual contributions during the 5th Assembly proceedings.
Meanwhile, it was gathered about 9 lawmakers were not returned back to the House for 6th Assembly.