By Oye Chijioke.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency to check insurgency.
The Governor made the call recently when the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara led some members of the House of Representatives to pay him a courtesy visit at the government house, Asaba.
Governor Okowa who decried the magnitude of damage caused in the country as a result of insurgency, stated that President Mohamadu Buhari requires the support of all Nigerians, especially, the National Assembly to tackle the menace.
“I believe that the backbone of Mr President is the National Assembly, I urge for collaboration between the National Assembly and the Presidency without tampering with independence of the Assembly,” he said, adding, “we in Delta State are praying that God will give the National Assembly and President Buhari the wisdom to handle the issues of insurgency in the nation.”
He reiterated, “we regret the death of people as a result of the insurgency, when we collectively talk with one mind, pray together, we will overcome this insurgency, we require divine intervention at this point in time.”
Senator Okowa used the occasion to challenge the National Assembly to speedily pass the Petroleum Industry Bill and the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill because of the importance of such bills to the development of Nigeria.
“I want to thank you for bringing the PIB bill to fore, it is my prayer that we can speedily pass the bill in both houses and it gets a quick assent from the President because, non-passage of this bill has set the country backward, I pray that it is passed early in the life of this Assembly,” the Governor stated adding that the passage of the NHIS bill was very important as it will affect the generality of Nigerians.
According to him, the NHIS bill desires speedy attention because the NHIS act of 2004 was not all inclusive, decrying a situation where the number of Nigerians covered by Health insurance is still below 20 per cent.
“If we truly want to touch the lives of the poor, it is to touch their health and education, once we get it right, you have truly touched them,” he said.
While congratulating Rt. Hon. Dogara for his successful emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor expressed confidence in the ability of the Speaker to lead a vibrant and robust Assembly.
Earlier, Rt. Hon. Dogara who said he was in Asaba to commission a project executed by the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, described Governor Okowa as a man who knew what he wants for his people, noting that while some Governors were still contemplating on what to do about governance, Governor Okowa “has hit the ground running.”
“I am quite impressed with the quality of personalities you have as Commissioners,” he said, and thanked the Governor for his support during the race for the Speakership position.