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ASABA/Nigeria: The State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has been commended for accenting to the bills that granted financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary in Delta State.

Guest Speakers and participants at a two day Training Workshop for Political Support Staff of Honorable Members of the Delta State House of Assembly in Asaba, said the development will strengthen both arms of government to operate independently.

The two day training workshop which came to a close on Tuesday, according to the facilitator of the program, Mr John Mutu was to enhance the capacity of the legislative aides to assisting their principals in their legislative and other leadership functions.

Mr Mutu, a onetime legislative Aide, now Deputy National Team Leader of ECP, charged the participants to replicate the knowledge gained at the workshop to making their bosses perform better in plenary and oversight duties.

He said aside Lagos State, Delta was the only state that had held such training for political support staff, and commended the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and his team for their commitment to promoting excellence in the state legislature.

Mr Mutu acknowledged the harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature in Delta State, saying that the speed at which stakeholders facilitated the issue of financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary in the state was commendable.

The training facilitator and the other two guest speakers at the workshop, Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe and Dr Jake Dan-azumi, expressed optimism that the granted financial autonomy  will enhance development of the legislature in Delta State and enthrone more dividends of democracy to the various constituencies.

The Chief of Staff to Mr Speaker, Dr Ebenezer Okorodu, the Press Secretary to the Speaker, Ghene Igbogidi and the Principal Secretary to Hon Ferguson Onwo, Prince Enahoro Erijo, expressed profound gratitude to the leadership of the House for the training program, saying that knowledge gathered at the workshop would be very relevant in their assignments to their principals.

Okorodudu, Igbogidi and Erijo paid glowing tributes to the sound working relationship between the various arms of government in the state as well as among members of the state legislature, maintaining that such camaraderie had enhanced development in Delta State.

Other participants, including Mr Dennis Otu, Emmanuel Enebeli, Freeborn Eghagha and Martins Uko, enumerated the gains of the training workshop, stressing that it had helped in making them more responsive to their duties.

The Clerk of the House, Mrs Lyna Ocholor had disclosed that the workshop was specifically put together for the Political Aides to Honorable Members of the 7th Assembly, stressing that it was aim to expose them to the Principles, practice and procedure in a modern Legislature.

High point of the training program which was declared open by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori was the presentation of certificates of participation to the political aides.

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