Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Before they stamp the rubber: A message to C'River state 9th Assembly - Anthony Bissong

L-R: Rt.Hon Joseph Bassey and Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones, Deputy Speaker and Speaker respectively of the 9th CRSHA posing for a photograph with the Clark of the house immediately after their inaugural sitting. 

We had the first and last sophisticated House of Assembly from 1999-2003 when the likes of Senator John Owan Enoh, late Barr. Emperor Owa, Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, Hon. Cletus Obun and others engaged Mr Donald Duke's administration bumper to bumper with result oriented bills while maintaining the principles of separation of power and legislative integrity.

 In recent times, what we have is a House of Whispering and Eye Service due largely to the faulty process of selection where Governors selects or appoints lawmakers from their 'cunny pocket'.  The result of this faulty process is the assemblage of political neophytes and stooges who are too intellectually fragile and dwarfed to even dare to demand explanations about the excesses of the executive arm. Expectedly, our Dishonourable Members wait helplessly for each month to come to an end for them to beg the Governor for what is rightly their due.

As a new House of Assembly is inaugurated today, my earnest prayer is that the rubber they normally use to stamp on them, converting them from Honourable to rubber stamp Members should melt by fire. This is more important because the Governor we have really need to sit up.

 Look, the time for frivolities is over in this state. We must all get involved one way or the other to get Ayade to work. If the House of Assembly fails to do the needful this time, WE, the Citizens of this state will constitute The People's Assembly, take a fresh oath of office and engage the Governor for free. I believe the Governor already have too many praise singers and he doesn't need more. What he need now is truth singers, straight talkers and alternative political and economic solution architects.


Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah writes from Etomi, Etung LGA.