Ex-Lawmakers Want Rivers First Speaker Immortalised


Former legislators in the
Rivers State House of Assembly have urged the State government to immortalise the pioneer Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon Roseberry Robinson Briggs.
The call was made by former members of the assembly last Friday during a valedictory session for the late speaker.
According to the ex-lawmakers, the late speaker was a great politician who believed in the unity and peace of the state.
They regretted that no institution or street in the state capital was named after the deceased.
Those who spoke include Hon. Elem Chukwu Obowo, Iyke Orji, Hon Levy Braide and Rt.Hon. Steven Ezekwem. They also called for the establishment of museum where names of prominent persons in the state would be kept, adding that adequate data is necessary and important to promote integrity among the people
Earlier, the State House Speaker, Rt. Hon Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, had commended the leadership of the first assembly led by late Briggs, adding that the standard they kept is the principle that has been guiding the present lawmakers.
Amachree described the late speaker as a charismatic and visionary leader who always preached love and unity during his life time.
According to him, Rt. Hon Briggs presided over a House that was without rancor and acrimony, adding he was loved and appreciated by his people and those who worked with him.
‘’ As speaker of the 7th Assembly, I benefited from his wealth of experience. I always ran to him for advice and he never stopped advising me,’’ he said.