GUWOR INTERFACES WITH NBA WARRI BRANCH, PLEDGES CLOSER STATE ASSEMBLY, LAWYERS RELATIONSHIP

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The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Emomotimi Dennis Guwor, Tuesday, interfaced with officials of the Warri branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, with a promise of stronger ties between the State Legislature and the Bar in the state.

Addressing the Lawyers, who were in his office on a courtesy visit, Rt Hon Guwor stated that the 8th Assembly under his watch would continue to synergize with critical stakeholders in the Delta Project, including the NBA, for peace and good governance in the state.

Flanked by some Principal Officers and members of the House, the Speaker described the session with the NBA as a welcome development as it provided an opportunity to rob minds with a body whose role was key to legislative business in the state.

He said the interpretation and implementation of laws enacted by the Assembly rested on the shoulders of the Bar, hence the need to remain in partnership with the NBA, the umbrella body of legal practitioners.

Guwor noted that it was gratifying to see laws passed by the House being implemented and enforced for public good as no society could thrive without law and order.

The Speaker explained that the compelling need to ensure that laws, motions and resolutions passed by the House were complied with, led to the setting up the Assembly Committee on Legislative Compliance, wirh the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Author Akpowowo as Chairman.

He urged members of the Bar to collaborate and work closely with the Committee to further enhance standards in their practice as Lawyers.

Guwor said as a final year law student, he wss looking forward to joining the NBA soon, even as he disclosed that nine members of the 8th Assembly, as well as the Acting Clerk of the House, one of the Deputy Clerks and his Legal Adviser are all members of the association.

The Speaker assured the visiting NBA officials of his support whenever the need arose.

Chairman of NBA Warri branch, Barr Oghenero Okoro, said the visit was to seek ways for closer working relationship with the House in the law making process.

He stressed the need for the House to always extend invitations to the NBA during public hearings on bills as inputs of members could go a long way in ensuring that the laws enacted by the House met the required standards.

Barr Okoro pointed out the challenges faced by members in accessing already passed  laws in the state, among other issues, and solicited the support and collaboration of the House.

He thanked the Speaker for the audience granted the body, and assured that members of the Warri branch of the NBA, including the Deputy Speaker, would live up to expectations.

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