…As Okowa Calls For Enlightenment of Nigerians About Roles of Legislators.
As the 2019 political race draws near, a group of ex-lawmakers of Delta State House of Assembly has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to declare his interest for a second term, noting that there are happy with the developmental strides of his administration and are ready to work to ensure his victory at the polls
The former legislators under the aegis of Forum of Former Members of Delta State House of Assembly gave this assurance Thursday, 15th February 2018, when they paid the Governor a courtesy call at Government House Asaba.
Speaking on behalf of the non sitting members of the State Asssemby, leader of the delegation, Hon. Aneke Ifemeni said that the forum which comprises former members of the Delta State House of Assembly from 1992 to date was happy with the developmental strides of Governor Okowa’s administration and urged the Governor to declare his interest for re-election as members of the forum who are in all the local government areas of the state will work to ensure his victory at the polls bearing in mind his result-oriented administrative prowess.
While congratulating the former lawmakers for coming together as a body, Governor Okowa urged them to lend their voice as opinion leaders to issues affecting the state and the country.
He observed that as role models in the society, former law makers should also, synergize with the elected legislators to ensure that the right things are done for the citizens by offering advice when necessary.
Speaking further, Okowa called for the enlightenment of Nigerians on the roles of the legislators to ensure that different organs of government carry out their functions without distractions.
The Governor observed that most times, legislators were distracted from carrying out their functions of making laws due to demands from their constituents to engage in welfare programmes.
“Legislators are now distracted with most of them interested in welfare of their constituencies rather than making laws that will guide the government and the people,” the Governor said, emphasizing, “with the distraction, the primary focus of a legislator is lost.”
Governor Okowa also used the occasion to list some of the achievements of his administration and commended the former law makers for partnering with government to achieve desired results for the masses, stating that his administration will remain focused in delivering dividends of democracy to Deltans.