Cross River Legislators Criticize Legislative Direction Proposed By Speaker

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By Archibong Jeremiah

Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Speaker Cross River State House of Assembly
Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Speaker Cross River State House of Assembly

Members of the Cross River State House of Assembly, CRSHA have criticized the proposed Cross River State Legislative Direction, CRSLD 2015-2019, which was presented to the House in their inaugural plenary today by the Speaker, Hon. John Gaul Lebo.

Having described the legislative direction as a road map to guide the House in their business for the period, many members said the document lacks coherence with individual constituency yearnings.

While pointing out some of the perceived loopholes, Hon. Elucate Ekom Okora of Obubra 2 state constituency said, “There is apparent omission in respect to the interest of youths, youth development”.

On his part the member representing Ikom 1 state constituency, Hon. Fred Okpa Osim requested that, “The document should point out how to reach out to the rural areas. There should be emphasis on empirical approaches”.

While the member representing Bekwara state constituency, Hon. Idagbo Ajoh Agaji urged the House to generally improve on the content of the document.

According to Hon. Hillary Bisong of Boki 2 state constituency, the document “lacks uniformity.” He drew the attention of the House to page 11 and 12 and suggested that the House journals should be quarterly not annually as proposed in the document.

The Bakassi representative Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, asserted that issues of security and human right abuses are not properly articulated in the document, and insisted that ‘it must be properly emphasized in details’.

Hon. Itam Abang of Boki 1 state constituency in his observation pointed out that the document “Didn’t touch areas of women advancement which is a pivotal aspect of all meaningful development, let us incorporate that”.

Not also left out from the critique was Hon. Effa Nyong Esua of Calabar Municipality who opined that the ‘John Gaul Syllabus’ as the document was nick named by Hon. Odey Peter of Ogoja state constituency, did not mention anything about local governments and the many challenges they are facing, lamenting that “some local government staff have not been paid. Chairmen and other senior personnel do hide because of unpaid salaries. They generate revenue to the state government but they can’t pay salaries. We need to do tax for service if we must remain in business”. He said.

At the end of the arguments, a 5 man committee was set up headed by the Deputy Majority Leader, of the House, Hon. Simon Nkoro representing Ikom 2 state constituency, and assisted by Hon. Steven Ukpukpen of Obudu state constituency.

Other members are Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey (Bakassi), Hon. Itam Abang (Boki 1), Hon. Nelson Ofem (Yakurr 1) and Hon. Elucate Ekom Okora (Obubra 2).

The committee has 3 weeks to thoroughly go through the Cross River State Legislative Direction, CRSLD 2015-2019 and ensure that necessary inputs are made by all Members of the House before presentation to the next plenary.

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3 commentsOn Cross River Legislators Criticize Legislative Direction Proposed By Speaker

  • Leadership Style Wanting

    The preparation and presentation of the Cross River State Legislative Directory (CRSLD) 2015-2019, by Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Speaker of CRSHA, otherwise being referred to as “John Gaul Syllabus” by some house members, during the inaugural plenary session is troubling. The right approach is for the Speaker to set up a committee to draft the Legislative Directory for presentation to the House of Assembly who will then discuss and modified it as needed prior to adoption. Drafting by those in power and setting up a committee is a wrong approach. It implies those in power are dictating what should be done to other members! It is WRONG! We are in Democracy! Gone are days of Despot!

    Good luck, guys.

  • REMOVE THOSE WIGS!
    I was stupefied to see some CRSHA members wearing wigs as if though they where in British High Court! Even in Britain, the practice of wearing wigs has been discontinued. “The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of worth Malravers, said new dress rules would mean the wigs, which British legal professionals have worn since the 17th century, would not be needed in civil or family court cases” reported Reuters. Wig wearing is anachronistic and certainly does NOT belong in any state house of assembly.

    Get it OFF guys.

  • Who prepared this document? It is apparent from the reactions of the members of the CRSHA that the document was prepared by select individuals rather than by ALL members of the CRSHA that democracy requires! It is time to engage every member of the HA to prepare another document that addresses issues of all constituencies. Back to the drawing board, guys.

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