OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya has asked citizens not to make unreasonable demands of lawmakers because they voted for them.
Mr. Igbuya made this point was on Tuesday at the first sitting of the assembly for 2016.
He said: “Let me also use this medium to educate our numerous constituents that it is time we do away with the entitlement mentality whereby we over burden our legislators with mundane requests borne out of the fact that you have supported and helped them to win elections.
“While I agree that the legislators have the moral responsibility to assist their constituents within their means, constituents should not overstretch their request to the extent that legislators would be afraid or discouraged to run their constituency offices with utmost efficiency or even run away from their constituency.”
The Speaker said the Assembly would ensure accountability, probity, transparency and efficiency in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2016 budget.
According to him, the state legislature has been “adequately positioned to meet the demands of making well focused research and people oriented laws that will impact positively on the people of the State.
“This is contingent on our firm belief that as the pillar of democracy, the legislative arm must be a catalyst of change, working in concert with the other arms of government in providing democratic dividends to the people.”
Igbuya also asked his colleagues to brace up for the ever-evolving and unfinished business of state development as the months ahead will no doubt be challenging.
“We have shown uncommon resilience, maturity and understanding,” he said, adding: “Our display of competence, patriotism and commitment to duty which we demonstrated while carrying out our legislative duties and other assignments, has in no small means translated to the success the House has enjoyed.
“We should not compromise or betray the mandate the people gave us for pecuniary gains. We must work hard to secure a better life and greater opportunities for them through viable and pragmatic laws and other legislative instruments that would ensure viable socio-economic and infrastructural transformation in all the 29 constituencies in the state. We must also renew our priorities, listen to one another more attentively and remind ourselves of the ways by which our aspirations and destiny are intertwined as a people.”