Members of The State House of Assembly
|1||Hon. Benson Friday Konbowei||Speaker||Southern Ijaw Constituency IV|
|2||Hon. Victor Sam-Ateki||Deputy Speaker||Brass Constituency I|
|3||Hon. Pastor Peter Akpe||Majority Leader||Sagbama Constituency I|
|4||Hon. Tonye Emmanuel Isenah||Deputy Majority Leader||Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency I|
|5||Hon. Victor Prezi||Minorty Leader||Ekeremor Constituency III|
|6||Hon. Abraham Ingobere||Deputy Minority Leader||Brass Constituency III|
|7||Hon. Walaman S. Igrubia||Chief Whip||Ogbia Constituency III|
|8||Hon. Agatha Goma||Member||Ekeremor Constituency I|
|9||Hon. Omonibeke Kemelayefa||Member||Ekeremor Constituency II|
|10||Hon. Nestor K. Binabo||Member||Sagbama Constituency II|
|11||Hon. Ebamua Empere||Member||Sagbama Constituency III|
|12||Hon. Azibola Paul Omekwe||Member||Ogbia Constituency I|
|13||Hon. Obedient F. Emoton||Member||Ogbia Constituency II|
|14||Hon. Alfred Egba||Member||Yenagoa Constituency I|
|15||Hon. Fekoweimo Ebipadei||Member||Yenagoa Constituency II|
|16||Hon. Gentle E. Emelah||Member||Yenagoa Constituency III|
|17||Hon. Jonathan Obuebite||Member||Nembe Constituency I|
|18||Hon. James Ayobengha||Member||Nembe Constituency II|
|19||Hon Iniyobiyo Obiene||Member||Nembe Constituency III|
|20||Hon. Kuroakegha Dorgu||Member||Southern Ijaw Constituency I|
|21||Hon. Monday Bubou E. Obolo||Member||Southern Ijaw Constituency II|
|22||Hon. Daniel Igali||Member||Southern Ijaw Constituency III|
|23||Hon. Fini Angaye||Member||Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency II|
|24||Hon. Yousuo Amanlanyo A.||Member||Brass Constituency II|
HISTORY OF BAYELSA HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
The first Bayelsa State House of Assembly (June 2, 1999-June 2, 2003)
The first Bayelsa State House of Assembly was inaugurated by Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha on June 2, 1999, with 24 members, representing the 24 Constituencies in the state.
Out of the 24 members of the first State Assembly was a female, Hon Vivian Ere-Imananaghan. The membership was spread among three political parties, namely Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), All Nigerian Party (ANPP), formerly All People Party (APP), and Alliance for Democracy (AD). The PDP had the majority with 15 members; while ANPP and AD formed the minority with 6 and 3 members respectively (see full membership list for details).
The leadership of the First Assembly was made up of Rt. Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri (PDP), representing Ekeremor Constituency II, as Speaker and twelve (12) others. The first assembly had two (2) Speakers in all, viz Heineken Lokpobiri and Peremobowei Ebebi. Mr Ebi Domo spiff was the first Clerk of the House. He was later replaced by Elder Koru P George.
SECOND ASSEMBLY (2003 to June 2, 2007)
The Second Bayelsa State House of Assembly covered the period of June 2, 2003 to June 2, 2007. It was constituted on June 2, 2003 at the Assembly Complex, Yenagoa.
The Second Assembly was made up of 24 members, all male, representing the 24 constituencies. Twenty three (23) out of the twenty four (24) members of the second assembly were from the PDP, while one came from AD. The latter edged out his opponent, who was of the PDP at the election petitions tribunal. He however later defected to the PDP.
The Second Assembly was headed by Rt Hon. Boyelayefa Debekeme (PDP), representing Ekeremor II, as Speaker, with five other principal officers as the House Leadership (see Membership list for details)
The Second Assembly had three (3) Speakers in all, namely, Boyelayefa Debekeme, Peremobowei Ebebi and Werinipre seibarugu.
The second speaker in the 1ST and 2ND Assemblies, Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi later resigned as speaker of the House, following his nomination as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, after the House impeached the first Governor of the state, Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha (JP). His then Deputy, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was sworn-in as Executive Governor.
Third Bayelsa State House of Assembly
This covered the period, June 4, 2007 – June 4, 2011. It was constituted on June 4, 2007 in the Assembly Complex, Yenagoa.
The third Assembly was made up of 24 members, representing 24 state constituencies, with one female. It was an all PDP House. See Membership list
The Third Assembly is presently headed by Rt. Hon.Werinipre Seibarugu (Yenagoa II) as Speaker. He is being assisted by 5 other House Officers, selected from among members of the house. (See list for details).
Speakers Of The House
First Assembly (1999-2003)
1. Rt. Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri (Ekeremor II) June 1999-May 2001
2. Rt. Hon Peremobowei Ebebi (Ekeremor I) June 2001- June 2003
2nd Assembly (2003- 2005)
1) Rt. Hon. Boyelayefa Debekeme (Ekeremor I) June 2003-NOV. 14, 2005
2) Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi (Ekeremor I) NOV 14,-2005-DEC.29, 2005
3) Rt. Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu (Yenagoa II) Dec. 29, 2005- June 4, 2007
3rd Assembly (2007-2011)
1) Rt. Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu (Yenagoa II) June 4, 2007- Jul 2010
2) Rt. Hon. Ibinabo Nestor (Sagbama I) 2010 – 2012
Deputy Speakers Of The House
1) Hon. Ayebaesin Edoghotu (Nembe III) June 1999-May 2001
2) Hon. Jephthah Foingha (Nembe II) June 2001-June2003
1) Hon. Jephthah Foingha (Nembe II) June 2003-Nov. 14, 2005
2) Hon. Bright Nixon Erewari- Pudienyo(Nembe I) Nov.14, 2005- June 2007.
1) Hon. Nestor Binabo (Sagbama II) June 4, 2007- Date
Clerks of The House
2) Ebi Domo- Spiff (ESQ) June 1999-May 2001
3) Elder Peter Koru George May 2001 –Date
2. Duties Of The Legislature
The House of assembly of a state has power to perform several functions, some of which include:
– Law-making for the good governance of the state
– Passing of resolutions on matters of public concern
– Exercise of oversight function for the ministries and departments of government
to ensure strict adherence and compliance to the laws, polices and directives of government.
– Confirmation of appointments into executive and judicial positions.
Of all the duties of the legislature, the most exclusive and fundamental is the power to make laws. No organization or institution can function effectively without rules, regulations and laws. And charged with the responsibility of making these laws for smooth running of the states in the Nigerian federation are the houses of the assembly of the states, and the national assembly at the national level.
Past Legislative Activities Of The Bayelsa State House Of Assembly
Since the commencement of the present democratic dispensation, which ushered in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly on June 2, 1999, the house has been active in the business of making laws, passing resolutions among others for the good governance of the state.
As noted earlier, the state legislature has had three assemblies so far, the third of which is in its first session.
A. Laws passed by the House
In the first Assembly, a total of 80 bills were received by the house (70 from Government and 10 from private members). Out of these 33 were passed into law.
In the second Assembly, the house considered a total of 58 bills, out of which 43 were passed into law. Among the number, 44 were government or Executive bills and 14 privately sponsored.
Whereas a total of 8 bills were received by the house since 1999 to 146, (119 -Government and 3 private). And the total number of bills passed so far now stands at 78.
Notable among the bills passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly from 1999 to date are as following:
• Local Government Creation law, 1999
• Local Government Administration law, 2000
• Niger Delta University Law, 2000
• State High Court (Amendation) Law, 2001
• College Of Arts and Science Law, 2002
• State public Service Pensions Law, 2003
• State Independent Electoral Commission law, 2004
• State Magistrate courts (Amendment) Law, 2004
• State College of Health Technology law, 2004
• State Rural Development Authority Creation Law, 2006.
These Law have in one way or the other contributed greatly to the social, political and economic development of Bayelsa state through the institutions they have brought into existence, and the attendant procedures expressly put in place.