Clerk of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs. Esther Anaetoh has stressed the need for state lawmakers to be abreast with challenges, values and skills needed for their roles as representatives of the people.
She said only knowledgeable and patriotic legislators could effectively partner the Executive to drive the developmental programmes of government.
Anaetoh spoke in Awka at a three day induction training for newly elected and returning members of the 8th State House of Assembly organised by Anambra State Government to prepare them for the task ahead.
She highlighted the crucial roles expected of them to play in shaping development policies in the state to include enacting laws that advance human development and ultimately accelerate programmes towards the achievement of the executive goals.
“Only knowledgeable and patriotic legislators can effectively partner the Executive to drive the developmental programmes of government hence the need for the legislators to be abreast with challenges, values and skills needed for their roles as lawmakers and representatives of the people,” she said.
While revealing that 22 members of the House out of 30 are first time lawmakers, the clerk stressed that the induction was a useful introduction for them to do their jobs creditably and record productive tenure in parliament.
Member-elect for Onitsha South Two Constituency, Hon. Jude Umennajiego described the training as huge success and educating, expressing confidence that with the induction, the incoming 8th Assembly would be a robust House that would key into the development agenda of the state government.
The three day programme covered range of key issues relevant to the cardinal function of representation, lawmaking and oversight.