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I Will Remain Loyal Follower, Says New Abia Deputy Governor


Abia State

Abia State

NEW Abia State deputy governor and immediate past speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu has pledged to abide by the provisions of the constitution as they apply to deputy governors, saying that he will remain a good follower to his governor and be effectively used in office to enable the governor deliver on his promises.

He spoke during an interaction with journalists Thursday night at the Speaker’s Lodge in Umuahia after a valedictory plenary session was held in his honour to mark the end of the fifth Legislative Assembly before he stepped aside for the deputy speaker, Hon. Allwell Asiforo Okere to act for the remaining tenure of the House.

Chukwu called for full financial and administrative autonomy for state legislatures, saying that this would enhance their performance, and advising in-coming lawmakers in the state to see themselves as statesmen representing their constituents.

While addressing the House Valedictory session, Chukwu who served as lawmaker for Ohafia North Constituency for three terms of 12 years before his elevation as deputy governor, commended members of the outgoing Fifth State Legislature for their diligence and team work, which he said enabled them to pass into law 47 out of 74 bills, leaving 27 at different stages of consideration for passage.

He acknowledged the sustained support the immediate past governor, Theodore Orji, gave the House, the cooperation of the other arms of government, efficiency of the House Clerk/Permanent Secretary, DonPedro Irokansi, and other staff, saying that the House did well within the limit of available resources.

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