Legislators of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, on Wednesday reviewed the performance of the 5th Assembly in the last three years, declaring that they have performed well with the passage of 37 bills and adoption of 27 motions with other BIlls at various stages.
The Speaker of the Bayelsa Assembly, Hon. Kombowei Benson, who made this known during plenary, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson commended members of the house for their commitment to making laws that will create the enabling environment for development and platforms for Bayelsans to express their full potentials.
According to a statement issued and signed by the Media Assistant to the Bayelsa Assembly Speaker, Mr. Aotendeike Boloigha,the 37 Bill passed into law were part of the 48 executive and sponsored Bills received by members in three years.
According to Speaker Kombowei Benson, sessions; the commendable performance of the members of the State House of Assembly was due to resilience and doggedness,” an all inclusive leadership gave rise to teamwork that saw the passage of the 37 bills, this is in addition to 27 motions”.
Speaker Kombowei Benson however urged Chairmen of House Committees still working on bills to expedite action as the country is gradually moving closer to another electioneering season.
He added that members will soon be seriously involved in party politics will pave the way for
the 2019 general elections saying it will be disservice to abandon efforts by government
lawmakers aimed at adding value to the lives of indigenes half way and called for proactive
approach to finishing up strong.
On the cordial working relationship between the legislature and the executive, Dr. Konbowei Benson said owing to the legislative background of his Excellency Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson “it becomes easier as the Governor involves lawmaker even at the conception stage of nearly all executive bills thereby making the work stress free.”
He extolled the leadership style of Governor Seriake Dickson, describing him as a true democrat who has left no one in doubt in his commitment to transforming the state.
According to him, while some leaders look for every reason to deny the people of development and good life, Governor Dickson has in the face of slim resources continue to provide critical infrastructures; create opportunities for ideas to thrive and commend the Restoration Team.
While appreciating the staff of the State Assembly for their support, he enjoined Bayelsans to see the advancement of the state as a collective responsibility and do their bits to actualize the dreams of our founding fathers.
Meanwhile, the members of the State House of Assembly have defended the passage of private and executive bills into law on the floor of the Assembly, saying 80 per cent of the Bills passed undergo due legislative process and contribution of the critical stakeholders.
The leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon.Peter Akpe (Sagbama 2), while speaking yesterday in Yenagoa during the Public hearing on the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill, 2017 sponsored by Hon. Tonye Emmanuel Isena (Kolokuma/Opokuna 1),stated that the present leadership of the Assembly has insisted on due legislative in the passage of Bills.
At the public hearing held at the House Assembly Chamber 2, various stakeholder including the members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Federation of Women Lawyers(FIDA), the Civil Liberties Organisation(CLO), the Ministry of Justice and the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) presented memorandum and commended the State Assembly for it’s new approach to law making in the state.
Also speaking at the hearing, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barr. Kemesuode Wodu, commended the sponsor of the Bill and the leadership of the State House of Assembly, insisting that such initiative showed that the three arms of government are working together for a better administration of Justice.
Wish notes that though the Justice Ministry under it’s supervision had conducted series of review of the administration and domestication of criminal laws in the state and that a document had been put together with recommendation, “both legislature and executive are working together for good governance. ”
Also speaking, Barr. Abubakar Balarabe Momood, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), represented by Mr. Osita Okoro, noted that when the Bill on the administration of Justice was passed into law, it was discovered that states needed to adopt it to suit domestic need.
Okoro said the NBA in partnership with the Mcathur Foundation is sponsoring such domestication efforts through advocacy among 28 states of the federation including Bayelsa State,”three states have adopted it.