The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu has been commended for the able way he has been piloting the affairs of the state Assembly. The commendation came when members of opposition political parties paid him a courtesy visit at the Assembly complex on Monday 13th of February 2012.
The leader of Imo State Association of Registered Political Parties (ISARPP) Hon. Chief Charles C. Ubah led other members who are Chairmen of Political Parties on the visit. Chief Ubah who is the State Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) commended the State government on the massive infrastructural development going on in the state. He specifically thanked Mr. Speaker and other Honourable members for providing the enabling environment which the state government is using to develop the state.
Hear Chief C. C. Ubah:
“Mr. Speaker, this association has followed the performance of this house since its inauguration and we commend you for the ebullient manner you have been handling its affairs. We also commend you and your colleagues for some people oriented bills and motions you have passed which have impacted positively on the people. Equally the association notes with great delight the atmosphere of conviviality that pervades the hallowed chambers each time the House is in session. Keep it up”.
Chief Ubah popularly called “AKUSINACHI” however noted with concern the “Proposed commercialization” of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Hear him, “Since Imo State is a civil service state and there are no so much industries like Lagos and Rivers States, the Governments commercialization programme may deepen the suffering of poverty stricken masses. We therefore urge the Government to revisit the policy”.
The members of the ISARPP also used the occasion of the
visit to solicit for support to political parties operating in the
state by inclusion of development of democracy in the budget of the state.
In his response, the Peoples Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu thanked members of ISARPP for the visit and urged them to continue to support the state government for the overall benefit of the people, pointing out that the development interest of the people was the major concern of the present government.
Hear Speaker Uwajumogu
“In this House of Assembly, we have representatives of various political parties. But we operate and communicate as members of one united family and this have positively impacted on the good people of Imo State. We make sure that all we do here benefit the people of the state”.
The ebullient Speaker enumerated some of the achievements of
the Assembly and that of the state government, pointing out that the achievement was possible because of the synergy of understanding between the state government and the House of Assembly.
“For the first time, a government was installed by the people without the interference of a god father. That is why this administration is performing to the admiration of Imo people. The governor is running the state from divine perspective. He is not the governor of APGA but the governor of all Imo citizens. Here in the Assembly, we are reviewing old laws of the state and digitalizing them together with harmonizing several amended laws. We have passed 12 bills and forty-seven motions that are people oriented. We are today the most productive House of Assembly in the history of Nigeria. We have also passed a 4 year rolling budget, out of which 73% are for capital projects. No wonder investors are now trooping into the state toinvest in their areas of interest”.
The vibrant speaker continued,
“We have given subvention to Adapalm plantation and today, the company is functional with employment opportunities given to over 1800 Imo sons and daughters. Imo Modern Poultry is about to take off. Concorde Hotel has been turned around. Massive road construction is going on in the state. All these achievements have been possible because we slashed our security votes in order to serve the people of the state”.
On the issue of Commercialization of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Speaker stated that it was in the best interest of the people of the state. Hear him again,
“Ministries and Agencies who are performing below expectation would be merged with agencies performing optimally. This strategy is to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. With the commercialization going on in the state, we would be able to pay up to N40, 000 minimum wages when the time comes. Development is a gradual process. “We are proactive in thinking, we are changing the peoples attitude about governance. That is why we want to leave a legacy so that our children will be happy with us”.
On why the House of Assembly has not quarreled with the state government, the Speaker advised thus:
“Must we quarrel with the Executive before our detractors will agree that we are performing? We have shown maturity in leadership. We are cooperating with the Executive; hence the state is witnessing massive development. If we go into confrontation with the Executive, the people of the state will suffer and development will become stagnant and stalled. Today you people are commending us for this maturity. Therefore, if assisting the governor to develop the state is what makes detractors to call us rubber stamp, so be it.
Finally, the Speaker charged members of the Imo state Association of Registered Political parties to reform itself, pointing out that most political parties fail in elections because of imposition of candidates.
“Candidates imposed on the people don’t perform because they only serve the interest of Godfathers who imposed them. And when such candidates try to be independent of Godfathers, they would be summoned to “Abuja for Party discipline”. So you can see why Okorocha is performing because nobody summons him to Abuja to explain “things”. The ebullient Speaker concluded.