From Scholastica Onyeka, Makurdi
The Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Hyacinth Dajoh, has described the experience at the speaker’s conference as very educative saying he is better positioned to preside over the affairs of the 10th state Assembly.
Dajoh, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Raphael Akume, said the Interactions and knowledge he gained at the conference have placed him in a better position to run the affairs of the House effectively.
The Speaker, who has just returned from a conference organized the UKaid and Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL), appreciated them for the opportunity provided for some of them that are first – time Speakers saying it will go a long way in helping their legislative business.
He highlighted the objectives of the conference to include providing a platform for the participants to reflect on ongoing reforms led by the current leadership of the conference and its partners as well as review progress made so far.
It was to also provide opportunity for the new speakers to interact, share experiences and agree on mechanisms for sustaining the gains made by the last Assembly in their various states and to share some leadership tips, ideas and experiences that will further equip them for the task ahead.
He appreciated the Development Director, UK High Commission, Dr. Chris Pycroft, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, Speaker of Bauchi state house of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers for their leadership.
He said the conference witnessed paper presentations from eminent Nigerians including Professor Olabisi Willams who presented a paper on “Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership,” and former Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who spoke on “Effective Leadership for Emerging Legislatures: Lessons, Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations” among others.
“The technical sessions focused on the need for financial autonomy for the State Houses of Assembly and its independence,” he said.
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