ABAKALIKI – Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, has lauded the working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive arms of government and implored Governor David Umahi to continue to sustain such synergy for more excellent service delivery in the State.
Nwifuru made this known on Wednesday, at the Hallowed Chamber of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, during the special plenary of the 2022 Budget Presentation by Governor Umahi.
While highlighting the importance of the constitutional roles of the arms of Government in the State, Nwifuru noted that the successes recorded in the State were done due to the good synergy between those institutions of Government.
“These institutions of Government here today – the Legislative and Executive arms, bear crucial roles in advancing economic growth, promoting good governance and ensuring political stability in the State. However, the degree to which these goals are achieved largely depends on the sort of synergy that exists between the arms of Government.
“In Ebonyi State, the relationship between us, the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary, has been characterised by mutual trust, purposeful synergy, dutiful partnership cum clear understanding and acceptance of the principles of separation of powers. These in no minimal measures, have entrenched a habitual attitude of excellence in policy formulation, legislation, adjudication and execution of those policies, for optimal service delivery in the State.”
He, therefore, praised Governor Umahi for his magnificence in Governance and urged him to sustain the synergy between the arms of Government in the State.
“As we congratulate you on your giant strides, we implore you to always sustain the appropriate consultations that have long existed between the Executive and Legislative arms of Government in the State. On our part, we are ever ready to get to work and thoroughly examine and scrutinise the Appropriation Bill to ensure that it passes speedily for timely implementation.”
Delivering his speech before laying the 2022 Budget Proposal of N145,410,597,723.49, in accordance with section 121 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, David Nweze Umahi explained how the Government’s fiscal activities of the year 2021 had faired and tagged the 2022 Appropriation Bill, “Budget of the Latter Rain”.
Members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly took turns to speak about the character and leadership prowess of the Governor.
The Leader of the House, Hon. Victor Uzoma Chukwu noted that Governor Umahi could be likened to the great Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, and their likes in greatness.
For Hon. Kingsley Ogbonna Ikoro, the Deputy Leader, said that Governor Umahi was a prudent manager of resources and deserved every accolade, while Hon. Christian Usulor extolled the infrastructural strides of Governor Umahi and thanked him for ensuring pensioners were paid their rights in Ebonyi State.
The member representing Abakaliki North Constituency, Hon Franca C Okpo in her own eulogy thanked the Governor for always putting up a practical budget that performs above expectation year in, year out, since the inception of office.