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Anambra legislatures to step-up oversight functions



THE 7th Assembly of the Anambra State House of Assembly has reassured ndi-Anambra that proper legislation and oversight functions will be taken very seriously.

Speaking to correspondents shortly after plenary, some of the committttee chairmen  promised to leave no stone unturned in providing ndi-Anambra with best legislative duties.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, member representing Anambra East Constituency, Obinna Chris Emeneka, said,  “it is an opportunity for me to continue to serve ndi Anambra. Budget is synonymous with government. Without budget,  government will not survive. How you present your budget determines how successful you are in governance. For departments, ministries and agencies to function properly, they must be captured in the budget. It takes someone with experience who understands the policies of Anambra State. We will continue from where we stopped. Anambra State is doing well because of how well the budget is being planned. If we did well through budget in the 6th assembly, we are going to do better this time.

Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, representing Njikoka 2 Constituency, Pete Ibida, expressed confidence in full delivery of his committee on given targets.

“This sector is very important because this is where governance commences. The local government is the foundation. If traditional rulers and President Generals join hands in getting things right, communities will be properly placed and  governance will be easier. But if on the contrary things are not done right in communities because of lack of efficiency from the rulers, it will definitely affect the ministry. This will by extension affect the performance of the governor. Section 128 of the 1999 Constitution as amended has given us the mandate to checkmate local government and chieftaincy affairs. As a high chief,  I am confident that I will live up to expectation.

Chairman, House Committee on Information and member representing Aguata 2 Constituency, Okechukwu Isaac Okoye, while speaking to Journalists, thanked members that selected committees on their confidence in him to head the committee on information.

“I believe they must have seen the skills and abilities in me to handle this position properly. My promise to them is that I will do my possible best to carry everyone along. Information is power and when there is a team work, it will be easier and perfect. There is need for us to work together and I am willing to work with all.” Okoye stated.

In their separate contributions, Chairman House Committee on Public Utilities, member representing Ihiala 1 Constituency, Chidi Udemadu, Member representing Awka North Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, John Nwaokoye,  member representing Aguata 1 constituency  and Chairman House Committee on Health Care, Nnamdi Umeh were unanimous in their believe that oversight function is very critical in driving the state foward.

It would be recalled that on resumption from recess few weeks ago, Speaker of the House, Uche Okafor read out the names of committee chairmen and their deputies. The committees are said to have commenced meetings, an indication   that the 7th assembly is keen on its legislative functions.

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