C/River Assembly passes 51 bills, initiates 31 motions

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

The Cross River House of Assembly said it has passed 51 bills and initiated over 31 motions since its inauguration in 2015.

The Speaker of the House, John Gaul-Lebo, made the disclosure in an interview with the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar, the state capital.

He said that 35 out of the 86 bills proposed were at various stages on the floor of the House.

“During the period under review from June 2015 when we assumed office till date, the Cross River House of Assembly has proposed a total about 86 bills.

“Fifty-one of these bills have been passed into law while 35 are still being considered. The Cross River House of Assembly was rated the best in terms of legislative work by the Legislative Institute of Nigeria for the 2015/ 2016 legislative year.

“If you check the Institute of Legislative Studies of Nigeria, I think we are the only House of Assembly with the highest number of bills passed so far,’’ he said.

Mr. Gaul-Lebo added that most of the bills were people-oriented meant to provide safe social services for the citizenry.

The speaker attributed the success recorded by the assembly to the sustained cordial working relationship between the legislature and the executive, adding that no meaningful achievement could be recorded in a raucous atmosphere.

The speaker said that the state’s 2018 budget proposal of N1.3 trillion was realisable.

“One of the key projects that this budget will execute is the state Deep Sea Port and the Super Highway which I believe will add more value and generate more revenue into the state coffers.

“We support the figure that the governor has presented at this point because we are going to witness massive development in the state when this budget is fully implemented,’’ Mr. Gaul-Lebo assured.

(NAN)


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