Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Deputy Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly and member representing Ihiala 2 state constituency Rt. Hon. Paschal Agbodike has called on Ndi-Anambra to expect greater dividends of democracy as well as a rancour-free legislature as the state assembly resumes on its next adjourned date of 18th June, 2019.
The lawmaker stated this yesterday in Awka during an interactive session with select journalists. He said that the current composition of the 7th assembly would strive to deliver effective and efficient legislation to the people of Anambra state.
According to him, the current legislature has promised to work in harmony with the executive arm of government to better as well as improve on the lives of the citizenry stressing that the people should expect greater dividends of democracy from the 7th state assembly.
On the issue of the 7th state assembly being predominantly youths, the Deputy Speaker stated that it was a welcome development because he believed that the legislature required younger brains to be able to pilot the affairs of the legislative arm resourcefully.
Agbodike noted that it was no longer the era of stereotype legislature but an entirely new phase of legislative business wherein members strive to make viable laws. He also observed that the Speaker of the state assembly was equally a vibrant and virile young man who possessed the clout and audacity to make the 7th assembly more resourceful than previous assemblies.
Though he took cognisance of the fact that the Speaker of the House had in his maiden speech promised to incorporate opposition parties at the state assembly in the scheme of things, the lawmaker was of the opinion that members of the House would work together for the interest of Anambra state devoid of party inclinations.
Agbodike however pointed out that having served as a lawmaker in the 6th assembly, he has garnered enough experience as well as the technical know-how to function as the Deputy Speaker of the 7th state house of assembly assuring that he would give maximum support to the Speaker and all other members for the purpose of peaceful delibrations and effective representation to enable them to meet the yearnings and expectations of their respective constituencies.
The lawmaker also corrected the wrong impression that Anambra-South senatorial district was purportedly deprived of the position of Speaker of the state assembly . According to him, “It is not the right of any legislator to be made the Speaker of the state house of assembly. Having been elected as the Deputy Speaker, it is not my right. It is a privilege borne out of love from my colleagues judging from the way I relate with them. I am so happy and grateful for the position of the Deputy Speaker.”