Governor Wike calls for greater independence of the legislature

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on National and State Assembly Commissions to provide strong and effective institutional support to the legislative houses for greater independence of the legislature. 
Declaring open the 7th National and State Assembly Commissions Conference in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said that the effective performance by the National and State Assemblies will help in the development of democracy. 

He said: "It takes strong, independent and efficient National and State Assembly to advance these basic development goals.  Legislative  houses also need strong and effective institutional support to be effective.  This is where the role and relevance of National and State Assembly becomes necessary. 

"The creation of the Assembly Service Commissions is vital as it has made the National and State Assemblies one of the most independent in Africa ".

The governor explained that the recruitment, promotion and discipline of parliamentary staff by the National and State Assembly Commissions, ensure that the Executive does  not control the legislative arm. 

He said that  there is need for a cooperative relationship between the National and State Assemblies for the entrenchment of democractic values  at all levels. 

In an address, the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, Dr Adamu Fika said inspite of the benefits of the State Assembly Service Commission to the development of the legislature, many states are yet to establish their commissions. 

He appealed to all State Governments yet to establish their Assembly Service Commission to do so for the independence of the legislature. 

He said: "The theme of this year's conference, which is, 'Enhancing Synergy for Service Delivery in the legislature ', is meant to strengthen the foundation of the legislative service by building a strong collaboration to enhance nation-wide synergy for Service Delivery ".

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara represented by Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Parley Iriase said the House will work towards ensuring that the all states establish their Assembly Service Commission. 

Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Omolori said that the conference was necessary as it will build  the capacity of parliamentary staff to work effectively. 

Also speaking, Chairman of Rivers State Assembly Service Commission, Hon Chidi Amadi said that the State is glad to be the first to host the conference after seven years.