The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly , Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has said that irrespective of the global Coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers in the state will remain committed as representatives of their people and strive at all times to perform their constitutional role for the good governance of the state.
In his welcome address at resumption of plenary on Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Speaker said that in the last five months, the world has experienced a shock that has adversely affected our normal social and economic ways of life.
According to him, the State recorded it’s index case of the Virus April 7,2020 and since then, the number of cases in the state is reported to be seven : two deaths, four discharged and one active case being taken care of in one of the state’s management centres.
He said; “Distinguished Colleagues, we must as a matter of fact salute His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, our Governor for his proactive measures to contain the spread of the virus in the state. We must realize that Delta State is a gateway to the states in the Eastern and the Western parts of the country which makes it a hub of human, vehicular and transiting travelers. Therefore, the timely intervention of the Governor to lockdown and close all entry points into and out of the state is highly commendable”.
“Furthermore, I am particularly overwhelmed by the support of the state government ably led by His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for the provision of palliatives to our people across the state, especially the poor and vulnerable persons to cushion the economic impact of the lockdown”, he added.
The Speaker commended members for their support to the state government Food Bank initiative by donating food items and other palliatives to their respective Constituencies in these trying times.
He also thanked traditional rulers, political and religious leaders and indeed all Deltans and other residents in the state for their understanding and cooperation with the state government policy in combating the COVID -19.
“The battle against the Coronavirus is not over yet, however, it is one fight we must win by observing the health safety protocol of maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizers and use of face mask to check the spread of the virus”, he said.
He further stated that;” Distinguished Colleagues, permit me to say that irrespective of the circumstances we found ourselves today, we will remain committed as representatives of our people and strive at all times to perform our constitutional role for the good governance of our dear state. Going forward, in our plenary, we will be observing social distancing in our sitting arrangements, Members and staff will henceforth put on face mask and the Assembly medical team will be on ground to check our temperature before Members and staff will be allowed into the chambers. We have also provided hand sanitizers at all entry points into the chambers and on all the desks in the Chambers. We have also provided hand washing points around the complex”.