****advises lawmakers to set aside religion, party politics, settle for Nasarawa project
*seeks support for Gov. Sule as retreat ends in Jos
AS the Nasarawa state House of Assembly rounded up a three day retreat for returning and new Members of the State House of Assembly, Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has appealed to the lawmakers to set aside religion, party politics and settle for the Nasarawa Project.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the retreat for the lawmakers, the speaker also called on incoming members of the 7th Assembly to brace up and deliver on their mandate as expectations on them were high.
According to Abdullahi, irrespective of religion, tribal and party differences, members should place unity, interest of the state and the people above personal interest ahead of their legislative functions..
Balarabe Abdullahi observed that out of the 24 members coming to the 7th Assembly in the State, only 9 are returned while 15 are new Members, hence his call for commitment, unity and performance because there is high expectations from the electorates.
He enjoined the lawmakers to ensure enhanced synergy with the other arms of government and support Governor Abdullahi Sule in the interest of peace and speedy development of the State.
” I want to appeal to all of us to give our maximum support to Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the benefit of our people,”
The Speaker said members most bring their experiences to bear, enact good laws, make resolutions and initiate programmes and projects that would have greater impact on the lives of the citizens of the State.
” As we are preparing to take our oath of office in June, let’s have it in our mind that what our people expect from us is good laws and good resolutions that will have direct bearing on their lives and for the overall development of the State”,
“We most think outside the box to come up with new ideas and innovations on projects and programmes that will impact positively on our constituents “he said
He emphasized that the 6th Nasarawa State Assembly was rated the best second among the 36 State Assemblies in the Country in terms of performance, hence putting a great challenge to the 7th Assembly to ensure that it surpass such achievements.
Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi promised to carry every member along, operate an. open door policy and consolidate on his past achievements, if given another mandate.
It would be recalled that the 3-day workshop which commenced Thursday came to an end Saturday with the theme “Legislative Practice and Procedure” with participants to include Returning and New Members, Management Staff and Committee Secretaries sponsored by Nasarawa State Government in collaboration with Multi choice Ventures.
It would be recalled also that the workshop featured different papers presentations by Resources Persons.