Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, has tasked politicians to play politics with conscience as they will be remembered by their deeds when they pass on.
Ibani gave the charge at a valedictory session by the House in honour of a former lawmaker, Hon (Barr) Anthony Ndubuisi Wali at the Assembly chambers, yesterday.
Late Wali represented Obio/Akpor II in the 4th Assembly between1999-2003.
He said politicians, who find themselves in positions of leadership, must endeavour to leave good footprints behind, while calling for unity among lawmakers, both past and present.
“Let us try as much as possible to help our friends because the world outside interactions is empty. Even when we are in politics, we should play politics with conscience,” the speaker said and charged both the family and lawmakers to take solace.
Speaking on the life of late Wali as a lawmaker, a former member, Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, described him as a viable, intelligent and sociable lawmaker who was a rallying point for the 4th Assembly.
Gogo-Jaja, who was Deputy Leader, said: “If governance is all about development of the people, development of the state, with the trainings he had with USAID and other agencies, he would have been chosen to serve in other capacities in the state.” He expressed worry that most of the former lawmakers, especially those between the 4th and 6th Assembly have died and called for a better welfare.
In their different submissions, leader of the House, Hon Martin Amaewhule and Hon Michael Okechukwu Chinda, representing Obio/Akpor constituencies I and II, respectively, said the death of the former lawmaker was a loss to the people of the area.
According to Chindah, late Wali was instrumental to the passage of the Rivers State Reproductive Health Law, 1999, and called on the Assembly to remember the family he left behind in terms of prayer and welfare.

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