The Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Honourable John Gaul Lebo, has criticized what he described as ”young people’s wrong understanding about the status of being a youth”. According to him, young people believe that youthfulness is a stage of permanent resistance. He bared this opinion yesterday when he featured as a guest of TVC News Nigeria’s ”The Sunday Interview”.
Honourable Lebo said that young people who serve as Presidents of youth organisations are usually reluctant to graduate from that level. He disclosed that in some cases, people as old as 62 years serve as youth leaders of political parties.
However, he described the average youth in Cross River State as ”very intelligent, humble, perceptive and willing to learn”. The Speaker explained that ”the youth stage is a critical stage. It is a sharp curve that requires the best management skills which you can put together as a young person in your career to escape from the level of being a youth and move to a level of being someone who has a sense of awareness to understand his environment”. He said that he has an obligation to inspire youths to see themselves as ”currencies that will be spent in future”.
Honourable Lebo mentioned that Senator Liyel Imoke, former Governor of Cross River State, is ”the best mirror” that has inspired him. He said that Senator Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, also inspires him because just like Senator Imoke, he rose from a humble village background in his Local Government Area of origin to his current eminent status. Speaking further on Governor Ayade, he said ”even as Governor, he still sees himself as just starting”. Honourable Lebo enjoined youths of Cross River State to learn from the examples of such men and women.
Meanwhile, the Speaker described the Cross River State House of Assembly under his leadership as a proactive House that functions as a united family. He said that within the last two years, the House has taken eighty-two (82) bills and passed about forty-eight (48) of them. The Speaker added that the House has moved sixty-five (65) motions and taken fifty-two (52) resolutions within that period. He disclosed that in his first four years as a Legislator, he was voted as the best member of the House of Assembly in the South South geopolitical region of Nigeria, while the Zik Foundation also voted him as the best Speaker in this geopolitical region from June 2015 to June 2016. The Ford Foundation has also nominated him for that award in 2017, according to him.
Hon Lebo attributed his success in office to the power of invention of his colleagues in that House. He said that each member of that House has at least one private bill.
Judging from the trend in Nigeria where politicians usually aspire to either remain in office or get elected into higher offices, one would expect that Honourable Lebo’s sights would be focused on 2019 when another round of elections would take place in this country. But he said that he is more concerned about adding quality today, than about what will happen in future. In his words, ”no matter how sharp my eyes are, I am not looking at what will happen in 2019”. To him, ”quality delivery in what you have in your hands now would lay a foundation for what you will have in future”.
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- Cornelius Ellah