Monday, June 13, 2016
Niger Delta Avengers: I Don't Know Them....Speaker, DTHA
* They Are A Faceless Group
Okonta Emeka Okelum, Asaba, Delta State.
Condemning the recent multiple bombings of the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers, Rt. Hon (Chief) Monday Ovwigho Igbuya, Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, has distanced himself from the group.
Fielding questions from journalists, today, about the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, said he doesn't know the dreaded group.
During the first anniversary press briefing of the 6th Assembly, he described the freedom fighters as a faceless group.
I don't know who the Avengers are, I can't speak of what I don't know, Rt Hon (chief) Igbuya noted.
Their activities have affected us so badly and impacted our economy negatively, he observed.
Responding to questions on the legislative romance with the executive and the State Governor specifically, the speaker affirmed that the relationship is cordial and fruitful so far.
Come 2019, there will be no election in Delta State, as it will be, what in his words he described as 'Okowa Carry Go' electoral affair cum business.
Speaking as a PDP chieftain, as a political leader from the Urhobo nation, come 2019, Okowa will win in my ward, Local Government Area and Senatorial District, the Speaker boasted.
Surprisingly, speaking further, on the Niger Delta Avengers, Rt Hon Igbuya urged the Federal Government to set in motion, mechanism to commence dialogue with the dreaded group, he termed faceless.
The Speaker cited as overall benefits of the sixth assembly to Deltans, as the fall out and on going implementation of the 2016 Delta State Budget Appropriation Act.
Funding and related financial constraints were cited by the Speaker as the most crushing challenges the sixth assembly is contending with.
This is the reason for all parliamentary administrative lapses and staff welfare challenges you have heard and read of, but soon we will overcome them all, the Rt Honourable assured.
Earlier in his press statement, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya noted that the sixth assembly received a total of twenty three (23) bills, of which, ten (10) were passed into law.
A total of thirty five (35) motions were received and approved, eighteen (18) reports have so far being received and adopted as well as, a number of other issues are before different committees for consideration, the Speaker affirmed.
Rt Hon Monday Igbuya told newsmen that the governor has so far assented to five bills, with four bills forwarded to the state governor, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeany Okowa, for his executive assent.