The member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Daniel Reyenieju, has advocated for constant interaction between legislators and their constituents, saying such interactions could promote development.
Hon. Reyenieju while speaking at a One-Day symposium organized by the Warri Federal Constituency Office in honour of Late Mrs. Beatrice Omawumi Udoh, said such forum will present opportunities for many participants like him, to acquire new ideas.
He said, “In such interactions, ideas and logic are up for contest and the superior one must be allowed to triumph. One of the fundamental interaction as will manifest such forum will present opportunities for many participant to learn more and acquire new ideas, including cross-fertilization of ideas.”
According to him what is central to the ideology of development is education, saying that people tend to request government of the day to develop their communities, local government and states whenever they are confronted with the choice to express themselves.
“The context of ideas remains a veritable aspect. I know very well that in countries which respective democracy may have earned the appellation of being advance, one of the cardinal focus of the respective political groupings that dominate state power at any political time is to ensure the education of members of political parties including those they put forward in the contest of political power.” He said.
He said though he was in grave pain over the death of Hon. Omawumi Udoh, he will not fail the note with satisfaction the kind of intellectual amalgam being displayed through the selections of topics especially the topic of cancer which he said late Omawumi Udoh was a victim.
“For now, all that I can with emotion and pain intone here is that Late Beatrice Omawumi Udoh as a one-time player in this biosphere played a role which divine providence bequeathed on her and this we will surely miss. In my estimate, she carried on her role dutifully, more so in an environment where androcentricism is deeply rooted,” Reyenieju added.
On her part, the chairperson of the occasion, Prof. Mary Edema, Provost, College of Education who delivered the paper titled, “Burden of Legislators Representation in Our Own Democracy” urged constituents to always support their representatives so that they can have the will power to carry out their work diligently.
She said apart from the affluence lifestyle people see some legislators live, there are other aspect that the people do not see, adding that legislators also go through a lot of burden while carrying out their duties of representing the people.
She said, “There are a lot of burden involved in legislation and unless our legislators get the support of their people, they will be overwhelmed. It may interest you to know that while some of us are busy sleeping, our legislators are awake attending one meeting or the other. So as a people we must help and support our representatives.”