I Am Indebted To Liyel Imoke – John Gaul, Speaker Cross River House Of Assembly

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By Archibong Jeremiah/Jonathan Ugbal/ Oto-Obong Edet

A cross section of members and officials of the State Assembly during the inauguration earlier today
A cross section of members and officials of the State Assembly during the inauguration earlier today

The Speaker of the 8th Cross River State Assembly, CRSHA, Hon. John Gaul Lebo has said he is indebted to the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke.

He made the remark while speaking after his inauguration today in the Assembly. He went on to state that as at the time he came into the politics of the State in 2010 he knew nobody in the system. His words: “Without Imoke I won’t be a member of the Assembly”.

The Speaker further maintained that leadership is a privilege and no generation will remain in power forever. According to him, under his leadership, ‘the principles of integrity and honesty will rule the House’.

He said that in his regime there will be a Press Center in the Assembly and Legislative Center that will avail the House of legislative resources. Furthermore he strongly maintained that “we should have pre-hearing seatings before we come to the House, if a motion will be killed it should be killed in the pre-hearing seating”.

Hon. Joseph Archibong Bassey from Calabar South State constituency 2 was also elected Deputy Speaker while the following members emerged as Principal Officers of the 8th Assembly: Majority Leader, Moses Ushie Uchiche from Obanlikwu State constituency, Deputy Leader, Simon Nkoro Egbong from Ikom 2 State constituency, Chief Whip, Okon Ephraim, representing the Calabar South constituency 1 and his Deputy is Ogana Lukpata from Yala 2 State constituency.

The House adjourned till 23rd June, 2015.

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