By Christiana Ekpa
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that governance from the angle of the 9th House of Representatives is a collective effort of all 360 members from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Speaker stated this while addressing a delegation of 9 Royal fathers from Ekpe Federal Constituency of Lagos State, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Thursday.
While expressing remorse for playing host to the traditional rulers in his office, instead of him going to their respective domains to pay homage as their son, the Speaker however thanked the royal fathers for their modesty in taking the time to come all the way, in appreciation of government effort toward constructing a strategic access road in the constituency, as facilitated by the Speaker.
He said: “I want to first of all thank you for actually coming for this courtesy call. Much as I appreciate this courtesy call, I am embarrased by this courtesy call, because when Hon. Raji told me about it, I objected and said that why should Obas come to me? I should be the one to go to them. To have 9 solid Obas on a plane to Abuja to come and see me, I was embarassed.”
“But having done that, I want to say that this road issue is just a small effort to say thank you for all your support for me over the years. You people have been there through it all with me, and I have to say thank you.
“So when the issue came up, I put my ears to the ground and asked what’s going on with that road, and then said we must have it done by 2021. Because of the strategic importance of that road, and we set down to work. And my colleagues rose up to make it happen given the importance of the road.”
He said all the House members are to be appreciated for the work on that road as nothing can be achieved without the support of all lawmakers from Lagos, Southwest, Northwest, North central, Northeast and South east and South South who make up the green chamber. “All the 360 of us are involved and we will ensure it is completed on schedule:, Gbajabiamila assured.
Hon. Tasir Olawale Raji, who represents Ekpe Federal Constituency in the House had while introducing the royal fathers earlier, informed the Speaker that their were at the House to “express their appreciation for the historic intervention of the Speaker in the construction of a strategic road”, following cries of the people fro the area.
According Hon. Raji, “the Speaker did not just listen and hear their cry, but promptly acted on it by providing the needed solution.”
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Alhaji Akanni Seriki reiterated the reason for the visit, saying that the people of Ekpe are happy today because of the Speaker’s effort to wipe away their tears.
“We are here today on this historic visit to appreciate our very own Rt Hon Speake for the wonderful thing which he has graciously taken responsibilty to do for us in the whole of Ekpe Local Government and other LCDAs. The Rt Hon speaker has been very active, proactive, a round peg in a round hole. We are very grateful sir for the good things you are doing not only for Ekpe, but for the whole of Nigeria.
“Like Hon Wale Raji said, that road has been a serious matter of concern for the people of Ekpe poeple due to its startegic important to us, but the state of that road us been a nightmare for our people, however, as we speak, progress has been made due to the intervention of the Speaker.
“We have come here this afternoon to salute you, to give honour to whom it’s due. We are here to commend you as a dutiful leader who has hearkened to the cry of his people because you have taken that road as your own constituency project. We are very happy that you took it up and you also matched your words with action.