The need for all stakeholders in the country to rise up to the task of addressing the growing security challenge in the country, Saturday topped agenda at the three-day conference of Speakers meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, while delivering his goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the three-day quarterly general meeting of the conference yesterday said, “this is a critical stage in the life of our country that all hands must be on deck to proffer solutions to all the problems threatening our unity”.
He explained that the quarterly meetings serve as medium to deliberate on issues affecting the state legislature as well as other topical national issues for the development of our country.
“In the technical session, we have assembled an array of resource persons to make presentation on carefully selected topics.
”We have no doubts they will do justice to the topics. We equally appeal to
us all that we participate actively and learn from their wisdom and experience,” he said.
According to him, the nation is confronted with the new realities that bother on insecurity, economy, power devolution and that these and others can only be effectively addressed for good governance and development in our country by altering the Constitution.
“Therefore, we appreciate the National Assembly for leading in this respect. However, I wish to remind us that in any democratic setting, the process of amending the constitution is always very
enormous and difficult.
“And ours is not an exception. It is so because of certain peculiarities in our country. These include diversity in our religions, ethnicity, socio-political differences and different yearnings and aspirations of the people.
”We should not allow these differences to derail the exercise.
“Rather we call on the Senate and indeed the National to be steadfast, committed, dedicated, and above all set our differences aside with a view to having a constitution that can stand the test of time.
“At the state level, we are equally aware of our constitutional role in the process of the review. And we are poised to discharge our responsibilities in line with the yearnings and aspirations of the people,” he said.
He commended the people and government of the Delta State for the warm reception and hospitality accorded them.