Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
Rivers State, Nigeria
The members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, have on Wednesday commenced a two- day refresher workshop on Legislative operations at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Abuja.
In a press statement obtained by Truth Live News, it was disclosed that the refresher workshop was meant to assist the lawmakers in order to effectively and efficiently perform their tripod function of law making, oversight and representation.
The statement reads, “The two-day refresher workshop which was declared open by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, on Wednesday, aimed at sharpening the legislative skills of the honourable Members and management staff of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“Delivering his Keynote address, Rt. Hon. Abbas who was represented by the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, urged participants to take their legislative business seriously, as their constituents and the State expect much from them. He reminded the Legislators that the Legislature being the nucleus of any democratic government can not afford to be docile; and commended the Leadership of Rivers State House of Assembly for embarking on the refresher workshop.
“Making his special remarks, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, thanked Rt. Hon. Abbas for his commitment to legislative excellence, and accepting to speak to the participants to motivate them in the performance of their work; stressing that, of the 31 Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, 27 Members were in attendance.
“Welcoming participants to the workshop, the Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubaker Suleiman, commended the Rivers State House of Assembly for being the first State Assembly to hold a workshop at the Institute; and pledged the collaboration of the Institute for greater performance of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“Amongst other dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony was the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Kingsley Ogundu Chinda” the statement concluded.