Members of Rivers State House of Assembly have re-elected the member Representing Andoni constituency Rt.Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani Speaker of the 9th assembly.
Ibani was also the immediate past Speaker of the House.
The Lawmakers also elected the member Representing Ahoada East 2, Eddison Ehie deputy Speaker.
Their nomination and unanimous elections followed the formal inauguration of the 32 state Lawmakers on Monday at the floor of the Assembly, by the state Governor Nyesom Wike.
The state 9th assembly like the 8th assembly has the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in the majority with 30 members while the Social Democratic Party got two seats.
The clerk of the state Assembly Stanford Obah administered the oath of office on the members.
Inaugurating the Lawmakers, Wike urged them to work towards the development of their constituencies and the state at large by working in synergy with the executive arm to ensure the implementation of policies and programmes for the good of the people of the state.
Wike who assured the Lawmakers of his Administration’s continued support to promote independence of the State Legislature.
He said, “As we usher in the new term of this August House, I pray and hope that your deliberations will be constructive, democratic, progressive and people-oriented.
“And that you will continue to strive hard with total commitment and sense of accountability and facilitate the implementation of our policies and programmes to enable us set new benchmarks for development and shared prosperity for our people.
“On this positive note, it is my singular honour and privilege to officially proclaim the first session of the 9th Legislative Assembly of Rivers State.
Let me assure you all that we will continue to respect and uphold your independence as a separate arm of government as our Constitution demands in the same way that we will continue to provide every support that you need to enable you discharge your constitutional responsibilities to the government and to the people of Rivers State. As I said before, ours should continue to be that of mutual respect, partnership and progress.
” I am proud to say that since inception, the Rivers State House of Assembly has been known for its high sense of decorum in the conduct of its proceedings, and I hope this August House will continue with this tradition and uphold its honour and dignity”.
Governor Wike appealed to the state lawmakers to partner with his administration to enhance security, good governance and improved living standards for the people.
“You will agree with us that our plan for the next four years is comprehensive in scope and realistic in terms of deliverables. But, it is our constitutional responsibility to make collective efforts towards achieving these plans and goals for the benefit of our people.