Be acquainted with House rules, Shaibu tells members-elect

Lagos, NIGERIA: A man drops his voters card in a ballot box at a polling station in Lagos 14 April 2007. Nigerians voted 14 April in elections for governors and legislators in 36 states, with security forces on high alert and violence reported in two southern oil towns. Major parties see the polls as an indicator of their chances in the April 21 election of a successor to President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is ending his second four-year term. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Edo Deputy Governor Mr Philip Shaibu Monday advised the State House of Assembly members-elect to get themselves acquainted with the rules in order to function well as legislators.

Shaibu gave the advice in Benin while addressing the members-elect at an interactive session organised by the Speaker, Mr Kabiru Adjoto, to sensitise them on the House rules.

He said that the number of motions and bills they move as legislators is very important and urged them to take their constituency meetings seriously.

Shaibu said that it would help them to be active members who move motions and sponsor bills that are of interest to them and their people.

He advised them to maintain communication with the people of their constituency, saying that was part of what could guarantee their re-election.

He said that they should at all times remain transparent and show moderation whenever requests of personal funds are being made to them.

Earlier, the former Clerk of the House, Mr Egbe Evbuomwan, called on them to get copies of the rules guiding the house, to enable them function well.

Evbuomwan urged them to go closer to the people of their constituencies, listen patiently to complaints from them and provide them with useful information. (NAN)

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