Wednesday, 25 July 2018

'I'm like a child, I've made and learnt from mistakes', Lebo to Royal Father as he unveils his legislative governance plan.





| 26th July 2018 | Ukorebi Esien

As the electioneering campaign tempo in Cross River State takes an upward trend with various waves of activities such as consolations, manifesto presentations, etc hitting the political space of the state, the Speaker of the Cross River state House of Assembly and a front line aspirant for the House of Representatives, to represent  Abi/Yakurr at the National Assembly, is not left out in the buzz, as Tuesday 24yh July saw him presenting his manifesto which he christened Legislative Governance to the Royal Father and custodian of one of Cross River State's most respected and celebrated ancient stool, the Obol Lobon of Ugep, HRH, Obol Ofem Ubana. 


Standing before the speaker, the Green chambers hopeful confessed that he might have made mistakes in his current and previous political positions and has learnt from those mistakes, and he has not come to promise to build new institutions but to ensure the existing ones work at their full capacities.


The tall, lanky and handsomely intelligent lawmaker extolled the performances of the previous administrators of the state for providing the Federal Constituency with over 78 Primary and 40 Secondary Schools, 2 Higher Institutions of learning and 23 Primary Health Care Centers.


"One of the basic reasons why I think I should indicate interest to represent the constituency at the House of Representative, is that in the last twenty years, past Governments have done so well in setting up structures, today we have seventy eight primary and Fourty two secondary schools, Abi and Yakurr Urban Development Authorities, two higher institutions( Institute of Management Technology, ITM Ugep and College of nursing Science), two Water Boards and twenty three Primary Health Care centres across the Federal constituency. But the issue is, they are not working as much as they should work". The lawmaker noted.


"ITM Ugep, College of nursing science are all creations of legislation, and so it is only the person(Institution) who created it that can oversight and make sure it works. Am not promising you I will build new institutions when you send me there, but I assure you, the existing ones will work at its peak". He added.


The speaking speakers as he is fondly called noted that "A legislator who brags of only making laws, can't really impact the common man on the street, that is why I am bringing in governance into legislature. I am like a child, I have made mistakes and have learnt from my mistakes". He concluded.


In his response, the Obol noted that the ties that John Gaul and his people of Adadama/ Itigidi shares with the Ugep people is historic and dates far back to 1910, he further noted that the speaker is not a stranger to Ugep, and he is a man who have been tested and trusted with proven records to handle any national responsibility, noting that the speaker has brought relative peace and harmonious relationship between the Executives and legislatures in the state.



 In his words; 
"You are not a stranger, you are an Ugep man. I know you have been tested and have proven to be qualified for any appointment in Nigeria, your speakership in the state has brought great peace between the executive and legislature, am confident you will do well in the reps, we will support you, the Ugep people will support you".


The Council of Ugep Chiefs were not left out as they trooped out in their numbers to receive the speaker while they assured him of their support.

Also the youths and women were present in their teeming numbers. 


Speaking with newsmen, the youth leader, Mr George Stephen Ewa, said "I promised my youths that this time around, am not going to lead them to a wrong candidate, we have studied John and we are convinced he is the best man for the job".


 The women also came out in their numbers to prove and show their support, the women's leader Ms Eni reiterated their unflinching support for John Gaul.


The LEGISLATIVE GOVERNANCE manifesto of speaker Gaul which has detailed strategies and implementation plans, with proper consideration to innovation is born out of a proper need assessment and pivoted on five anchors such as Legislative Governance, Constituency Governance, Constituency Development Strategy, Constituency Intervention Initiative and Constituency Conversation and Engagement Strategy.



Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN where he tells the Nigerian story, one article at a time.
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