The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, on Monday, said the Seventh Assembly under his watch, will not antagonise, but will collaborate with the Executive, to fast-track development in Akwa Ibom State.
The Speaker, while fielding questions from newsmen in his office, said the state legislature does not see separation of powers as an avenue to antagonise other arms of government, rather, as a means of ensuring proficiency in governance.
“People see separation of powers as being antagonistic to the Executive, but I see it as cooperation and collaboration of powers. In basic economics, we’re taught division of labour and when that comes in, it brings proficiency. When you have each of these powers coming to collaborate, it will bring more desired dividends of democracy. It is better than being antagonistic”, he said.
While describing the legislature as a fulcrum for other tiers of government, the Speaker lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for his support to the Seventh Assembly and reiterated the Assembly’s resolve to continually partner with the State Chief Executive, to bring more democratic dividends to the electorates.
“The support by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has been encouraging. I believe we are the luckiest Assembly so far. The Seventh Assembly is that of perfection. The Governor has been quite supportive.
“We are not a rubber-stamped Assembly. The Governor in his own wisdom, before coming up with anything, dialogues with the leadership of the House. We are the representatives of the people, so we try to find out ways that the government can affect the people, positively. The Seventh Assembly is the fulcrum for the other two arms of government. We’re a collaborative and cooperative Assembly and I believe it will remain so in the next three years and nine months”, he noted.
On the achievements of the current Assembly in the first one hundred days, the Speaker stressed that the Lawmakers have intervened in the education sector to ensure compliance to professional standards, improved local government administration through its oversight functions and also carried out massive renovation works at the Assembly Complex.
He said the seventh Assembly, in the last three months, has several Bills to its credit, including, a Bill for a Law to establish the Akwa Ibom State College of Health Technology, a Bill for a Law to establish the Akwa Ibom State Safety Commission and a Bill for a Law to change the School of Health Technology, to a College of Health Technology.
He said the various Bills, when passed into law, will have positive impacts on the people.