Greetings to our distinguished people of Rivers State and welcome to another episode of RivEthics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that democracy, despite its flaws, remains the best form of participatory government. Let us join hands to strengthen our democracy. This episode is in commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Parliamentarism which comes up on June 30 each year to celebrate parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the day-to-day lives of people the world over. It is also an opportunity for parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and ways to address them effectively.
In the 21st Century, there is growing interest more than ever before in issues related to democracy and good governance around the world. This is a reflection of the increasing acceptance of the fact that democracy and good governance are not a luxury, but a fundamental requirement to achieve sustainable development. The legislature, as one of the key state institutions in a democratic system of governance has a critical role to play in promoting democracy and good governance. As the democratically elected representatives of the people, the legislature has the honorable task to ensure government by the people and for the people.
The legislature performs three main functions: 1) make new laws, change existing laws and repeal laws which are no longer needed; 2) represent and articulate the views and wishes of the citizens in decision making processes, and 3) oversee the activities of the executive so that the government is accountable to the people. Achieving good governance requires the existence of a strong, effective and efficient legislature. That is highly needed in a fast-growing State like Rivers, soon to become a global attraction for tourism and foreign investments, as well as a frontline State in education and health care.
Let us listen to our guest speaker, as he takes us through the topic. He is Hon. Enemi Alabo George, member of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Our peace-loving Rivers People, please remember to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families and God bless Rivers State.
Mr. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike,
The Wife of His Excellency,
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON. GSSRS. POS Africa.
The Governor of Rivers State
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