By Uche Aguoru
Abia State House of Assembly is the legislative arm of Abia State Government. It is one of the State Houses of Assembly established by Section 90 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and endowed with powers to legislate as well as given privileges and immunities to enable it exercise these powers without hindrance.
Electioneering come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just a portion of the society is constant, and the legislature is the only arm of government forearmed with the capacity to create an environment based on the principles of equity, economic, social, and environmental justice.
The environment at which every legislative Assembly operates is no doubt a reflection of our standard as a people given the background of the legislative assembly as a convocation of the society where our fate, future and wellbeing as a people is brought to the table and discussed under the supervision of the “GAVEL”
The character, charisma and the intellectual decency of a leader determines the direction of any organization, be it Government or private, a leader who is weak in character will always produce a weak and directionless institution, the environment also tells a lot about the products that will emanate from such institution.
The Abia State house of assembly complex is the structure hosting the legislative actions of our 24 representatives, any action taken there is viewed as legally binding on our collective interest and Abians are better represented in that legislative community with a spread of 24 house members.
Over the years that complex has remained uncared for, may be the former leadership of the house did not realize the need to make their environment more decent and business friendly, but the 7th assembly led by Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji understood that the environment upon which you operate has a lot of story to tell about your personality and character, it also has a direct bearing on your output hence the need to reconstruct the building to make room for a more focused and people oriented law making and developmental legislation that every democratic society needs for positive advancement.
The direct consequence of a decent work environment has always been a focused, multidisciplinary, highly skilled group of people working towards a common goal.
With a disciplined, hardworking and result oriented leadership as witnessed today under Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji as the speaker, the legislature had for the first time entertained probe of non performing institutions with the aim of making sure that the welfare of the people is guaranteed and those who are given assignments carry it out with the interest of the public.
If we truly believe that the strengthening of our public institutions with necessary laws is what is required to give the people good governance? Let us support Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji in his determination to build a legislature that will guarantee the wellbeing of all Abians devoid of political or clannish boundaries.
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