By G9ija

SPEAKER of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, Wednesday night, bagged Lawmaker of the Year from the Independent Newspaper and Independent Parliamentarian of the year. 

The Lawmaker of the Year award which is the maiden edition of the Independent Nigerian Parliamentary Excellence Awards 2021, was held in Abuja. Fifteen other lawmakers drawn from across the country were also honoured in different categories.

Speaking during the award presentation ceremony, Managing Director of Independent Newspapers, Mr Steve Omanufeme, said the recipients of the awards in the Federal and State legislature had touched lives and impacted society positively.

Omanufeme said: “As part of our thought leadership initiative and commitment to the development of our great nation, Independent Newspapers Limited, in association with African Consolidated Analytical Limited, ACAL, decided to provide a platform to recognize, reward and celebrate lawmakers who have excelled in lawmaking and in their chosen intervention projects aimed at touching lives and changing society positively.

“It is for the above reasons that the Nigerian Parliamentary Excellence Awards is conceived. Over the years many of us have struggled to understand the value of the legislature in a constitutional democracy. 

“Coming up with the list of deserving awardees for this maiden edition was no easy task given the large number of lawmakers and the incredible performances of all our legislatures.”

Receiving the awards, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori dedicated the award to God, his colleagues and all Deltans, adding that the awards were made possible due to the overwhelming support and cooperation of his colleagues. “From today, I will my colleagues as my bosses”, he added.

Oborevwori who is also the National Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria,  also thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the harmonious relationship with the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary Arms of government.