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Bayelsa 4th Assembly Dissolved, 5th Assembly Inaugurated

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 9:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  lSpeaker Benson Retains Seat As Dickson Shuns Ceremony

By Igoniko Oduma  –  Yenagoa


It was a stream of emotions on Wednesday as the 24-member  Bayelsa State House of Assembly held a valedictory session to mark the end of the 4th Assembly in the state.

The valedictory session followed a letter to Speaker Konbowei Benson from Governor Seriake Dickson who relied on Section 105 (1) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to call for the dissolution of the 4th Assembly.

The motion to dissolve the 4th Assembly was moved by the Leader of the House, Peter Akpe (Sagbama I) and was seconded by Agatha Goma (Ekeremor I), the only female lawmaker.

However, Governor Dickson, shunned the legislative ceremony as his lectern and executive swivel seat which had been placed at their appropriate positions on the floor of the House were dismantled and taken away by his aides who had arrived earlier ahead of his expected appearance.

A minute silence was also observed in remembrance of the late lawmaker, Obedient Emoto (Ogbia I) and the Deputy Clerk of the House, Goeffrey Nemine, who died two months ago.

In his valedictory address, Benson remarked that the 4th Assembly had set an unbroken legislative record of passing 50 bills including one private bill and 49 executive bills in four years of legislation.

He said the House received a total of 69 bills but two were withdrawn while 10 bills were pending.

He commended the lawmakers for proving their commitment to the interest of Bayelsa, stressing that whenever situations arose they made themselves available whether or not the House was on recess.

“The 4th Assembly has successfully run its full course without scandals because the House stood firm on the path of accountability and probity,” he said.

The  lawmakers also took turns to speak on the good, the bad and the ugly times and experiences they had shared in the course of legislative work during the past four years.

The various emotional-laden lawmakers who spoke included those who were re-elected and those who lost at the just-concluded elections.

Meanwhile, the 5th Assembly of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly with four female members has been inaugurated by the Clerk of the House, Aaron Timiye.

Timiye inaugurated the 5th Assembly on Wednesday shortly after the valedictory session for the 4th Assembly presided over by Benson.

Out of the 22 lawmakers that took the oaths of office, 20 were elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one each from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In the election of principal officers that preceded the ceremonial commencement of the 5th Assembly, Speaker Konbowei Benson (Southern Ijaw 4) was re-elected as Speaker for a second time in his third term at the House, while Abraham Ngobere (Brass 3) emerged as Deputy Speaker.