Legislative Astuteness: Exploring The Chief Felix Idiga Option
The business of a legislator is unique and succinctly spelt out. As members of the legislative, or lawmaking body which is a branch of the government, legislators work on making changes to existing laws or passing new legislation based on their constituents’ needs. They often serve on committees that oversee various aspects of government policies. Most laws are developed by these committees and then voted on by the entire legislative body. From developing policies relating to the environment, development, education, security, etc, to passing laws that protect the communities, legislators affect people’s lives every day.
In the foregoing exposition on the ingredients of the office of a parliamentarian, one attribute stands out - The People. Any legislative business that does not have direct effects and affects the lives and wellness of the constituents, amounts to personal aggrandisement and self gratification and enrichment. The legislative aspirant must also understand the peculiarities of the people he/she is gunning to represent. Here, Chief Felix Idiga is a first amongst equals. It is important to highlight the duties and functions of both state and National legislative houses on the need to focus on the functions of a legislative squarely. Chief Felix Idiga understands this perfectly.
The Orlu born business mogul, Chief Felix Idiga, over the years, has drawn developmental projects to his region even as a private individual. He understands also that the business of erecting projects is under the purview of the executive, however he is optimistic that he can highlight important constituency priorities which can be funded by the executive. A legislative is a law maker. He can only influence people - oriented projects through legislation. This can be done through sponsoring of individual bills or through appropriation bills. Bearing in mind that lobbying is the greatest tool of legislation, Chief Felix Idiga is prepared and versed in all of its dynamics.
For a man who unleashed 60(Sixty)million naira endowment fund for the training and retraining of 3000(Three Thousand) artisans in his Federal constituency - Orlu, Orsu and Oru-East, employment and empowerment is paramount to him. For a man who as a single individual, attracted more developmental facelifts than most of the elected representatives, infrastructural equipment of the region is dear to him.
For Chief Felix Idiga, it is going to be all about visionary legislation. He envisages a common legislative -engineered South-East Regional Development Agenda. Erosion is our greatest threat, Chief Felix Idiga wonders what role our incumbent legislatives played to give it a National outlook like security challenges in other regions. How are the Ecological Funds disbursed and expended? For Chief Felix Idiga, we should have vision 2040 legislative mandate to link all industrial and Economic hubs in South east with railways. If Security challenges led to tangible budgetary provision for Amnesty, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and North-East Development Commission (NEDC),what happens to the position of South East Development Bill that scaled through first reading in the Senate.
For a consummate and thoroughbred representation, exploring the Chief Felix Idiga Option.
©Ositadimma Izuchukwu Anslem