By Fidel Njamanze
Notable personalities in Delta State, including leaders of ethnic and
youth groupings, political parties, former council chairmen and past
political appointees on Saturday commended the Delta State House of
Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya for bringing to the job a rare
verve and conviction.
“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya will never violate the norms of good
governance, progressive leadership, integrity and credibility” the
At a meeting in Asaba, the leaders condemned those insulting the
intelligence of the people through misrepresentation.
“Mister Speaker should not be a subject of undue attack but should be
supported and applauded in his quest to bring about economic and
social development in Delta State” they said.
In a statement issued after the meeting by the Director of
Communication, Delta Leaders Forum, Chief Michael Tuoyo, the leaders
praised the speaker and his colleagues for subjecting themselves to
the principles of morality and justice in the discharge of their
“The Delta State House of Assembly is quite on course. It is doing
well and giving the necessary support and enabling environment to the
government of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa” the statement said.
The leaders, who also took a deep look at the relationship between the
executive and legislature in the state, commended the maturity of the
“The Legislature and the executive are partners in progress. There is
no uneasiness in the relationship. There is nothing like legislative
arrogance, self-misperception and megalomania. Mister Speaker is not
hindering the principles of separation of powers. He is charting a
course that is people and service oriented” the leaders said.
On the speaker’s integrity, the leaders said “Politics to Rt. Hon
Igbuya is not an avenue to make money or wield any undeserving
influence but a platform where lives can be changed drastically”.
They urged Deltans at home and abroad to reject all anti-democratic agents.
“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya is an achiever. He remains unshaken in the
noble objective to develop Delta State” the leaders added.
Similarly, the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil Producing
Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr. Williams Makinde weekend
condemned the peddling of falsehood against the person and office of
the Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya by Trend FM, Sahara Reporters and
“The story demonstrates crass ignorance of the writers to the law
establishing the commission and the robust working relationship with
the Hon. Monday Igbuya led Delta State House of Assembly” he said.
Equally, the commissioner representing Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie on the
board of DESOPADEC, Mr. Jonathan Amitaye urged journalists and
politicians to depart from the politics of hatred, mudslinging and
character assassination for selfish reasons.
He also urged those who will never see anything good in the Speaker
in spite of his rare qualities and uncommon zeal in the issues of
development to channel their energies towards meaningful activities.