Kwanee Tasks Politicians On Good Conduct


Not withstanding the lull in parliamentary activities
at the Rivers State House of Assembly, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Leyii Kwanee was quite busy. At the dedication, official re-naming and inauguration of Babbe Circuit of the Methodist Church, Kanni Babbe, in Khana Local Government Area, he advised political leaders in Rivers State to emulate the exermplary life of late Elder Barido Ababeenwi Konya, who was a political leader in the PDP before his demise.
He said the late Konya was noted for peace an reconciliation of members of all shades of differences with the party.
Condemning what he described as “a situation where political leaders now enjoy causing disaffection within the party and utilizing it for their own aggrandizement”, he called on the country’s present political leaders to desist from such attitude.
He further noted that if they could emulate the political and Christian virtues of Konya, politics would no longer be seen as a dirty game. He thus advised politicians to play politics with the fear of God and leave a good legacy that people would remember and emulate.
The Deputy Speaker described Konya, who died 10 years ago, as a selfless man and a respected Ogoni and Rivers man whose vacuum would be difficult to feel.
Hon. Kwanee also used the occasion to mourn the death of Hon. Inuwa Sule Udi, the Deputy Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, who died penultimate Tuesday in a car accident. He noted that Udi played crucial role in the formation of the Forum of Deputy Speakers in Nigeria.
In another development, Hon. Kwanee urged youths in the state to avoid being used as stooges to selfish politicians in the state. Specifically, he called on the youths not to allow politicians use them as hired crowd just to discredit the State Government.
Also in the week under review, Kwanee, who represents Khana Constituency 11 in the Assembly, took time off to assure members of his constituency of the dividends of democracy until 2015, under the Governor Amaechi led administration.
He gave the assurance at the Commissioning of Water projects in his constituency. The projects were 7 water projects, 6 inches size boreholes with full treatment plant in 7 communities of Lunde, Seme, Ka-Loore, Ban-Loore, Yae, De-Luebe and Lua-Luebe.
The Deputy Speaker said although the projects were chosen by him as his 2013 constituency projects for the area in fulfillment of his campaign promises, the Amaechi’s administration deserves great commendation for the expeditious completion of the project on record time.
Hon. Kwanee said that the government was concerned about the source of portable clean water for the area given that many streams and rivers in Ogoniland had been contaminated by oil pollution.
According to him, this development is the crux of the UNEP report on Ogoniland which the people of the area have been fighting for without violence, knowing that one day the Lord will hear their cry.