Ahead of the inauguration of the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHoA), intense lobbying has commenced over who becomes the Speaker of the House, among other positions.

While most ranking male members especially from Cross River Central have indicated interests for the plum office, no female member has declared her intent in vying for the speakership position.

I think its time the state should have a female as Speaker in line with the Federal Character Commission Act and National Gender Policy.

Although, Hon Virginia Itam Abang representing Boki 1 State constituency who is the House Committee Chairman on Education has not officially declared her intention to contest for the highest position in the house, methinks it won’t be a bad idea having her as the first female speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly.

Given her wealth of experience and knowledge, I am of the opinion that she is credible with credentials ably qualified for the job and ready to work with the executive and her colleagues to move the state forward.

I believe she has the requisite legislative skills, knowledge, experience and temperament to be Speaker of the House. Given the opportunity, she would improve communication with the general public, facilitate improved internal communications among members, adopt a legislative agenda with a clear framework for compliance and monitoring and ensure improved lawmaking.

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