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CROSS RIVER NEWS: Imoke enumerates how crucial state House of Assembly is to reforms

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LEGISREPORTS NG – The Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke has listed how important the state House of Assembly is to the various reforms which the state is embarking on.

He made this clear when he inaugurated the steering committee on State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) project at the Council Chamber of the Government House in Calabar in the presence of key cabinet members. He said the proposed reforms are part of strategy to strengthen governance for effective and efficient service delivery among the three arms of government as well as at the council level. Stressing the importance of state Assemblies, Imoke noted that no successful reforms could be achieved without the three arms of government being part of the process. He stressed that without the state House of Assembly, “We cannot achieve meaningful and sustainable reforms as an administration without the House of Assembly playing its role in providing strong support by way of legislative framework, for us to be able to say truly, we have achieved reforms or that we have actually reformed.

Imoke, while drumming the importance of reforms in governance process, urged the various stakeholders in the three arms of government to begin to think of ways of doing things differently in a way that would impact on those they govern.According to the governor, “What is fundamental about the importance of this project as it relates to reforms in governance at various levels is that as an administration, we have emphasised that we need to think of doing things differently in a way that it is beneficial to the people that we serve.

Reforms must be something that is constant. It must not be something that we should be talking about every day. It should be something that we should live. It should be something that is part of us, something that we must embrace and admit.”Governor Imoke particularly charged the judiciary to key into the reforms process as one of the critical arms of government, as according to him, “it is important that as we reform, the judiciary is also reformed and be part of the reform process. ”As we continue with new approaches to governance and with only the executive and legislature on the same page and the judiciary on a different page, there is no way it can contribute its quota meaningfully to our reforms initiative.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.

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