Lawmakers from the Rivers State House of Assembly are currently engaged in a two-day refresher workshop in Abuja. Aimed at bolstering their legislative prowess, the workshop emphasizes the critical functions of lawmaking, oversight, and representation.
Under the guidance of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, the workshop intends to sharpen the skills of both the House members and management staff.
The event commenced with an opening address by Speaker Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas of the House of Representatives, represented by Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, urging participants to exhibit dedication in their legislative duties, considering the expectations of their constituents and the state at large. Stressing the pivotal role of the Legislature in a democracy, he lauded the Rivers State House of Assembly for organizing this refresher program.
Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to Speaker Rt. Hon. Abbas for his commitment to legislative excellence. Amaewhule highlighted the workshop’s importance, noting the substantial attendance of 27 out of the 31 Assembly Members.
Director-General Prof. Abubaker Suleiman of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies applauded the Rivers State House of Assembly for pioneering this workshop at the Institute. He pledged continuous collaboration, emphasizing the institute’s support to enhance the performance of the Rivers State Assembly.
The workshop’s inauguration witnessed the presence of other distinguished guests, including Rt. Hon. Kingsley Ogundu Chinda, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, underscoring the significance of the event in promoting legislative efficiency and expertise.
This workshop stands as a proactive measure by the Rivers State House of Assembly to enhance their legislative skills, demonstrating a commitment to effective governance and fulfilling their crucial role in the democratic process.