Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The legislative arm of Kogi state government denied that it is rubber stamp and a toothless bulldog used by executive to get its way.
Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole, who was responding to questions from Journalists at an interactive session on Sunday in Lokoja, said that the state assembly has been discharging its responsibilities as expected.
Hon. Kolawole who disagreed with those that are of the believe that the legislature must be confrontational in its dealings with the executive arm, do not mean well for the government and the people of the state.
His words, “The Kogi State House of Assembly is not a rubber stamp. What will be the benefit to the ordinary man if the assembly engages in needless friction with the state executive under our amiable governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
“Why should people crave needless disharmony between the executive and the legislative arm?
Citing the example of what transpired under the 8th National Assembly, he asserted that the stalemate that ensued between the executive and the legislature under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki, erstwhile Senate President, did not augur well for the ordinary Nigerian.
According to him: “The governor will for example forward a bill to the assembly, which are mostly beneficial to the people of the state.
“Take for example the issue of counterpart funding. The governor will usually send a bill to the assembly for approval for the release of the state’s portion. The money is there, and if the assembly fails to approve, the Federal Goverment may not care. At the end, who is the loser? Kogites of course.
“Ours is to work in harmony with the state executive, to assist the governor in delivering on the dividends of democracy to the good people of the state. That remains our priority, and we will continue to cooperate and assist His Excellency in this respect.”
On the non implementation of the States’ legislative autonomy, the Speaker said in Kogi state there is partial autonomy as already the state assembly commission has been inaugurated and monthly subvention is still being paid by the executive.
He appealed to the people of the state to mount pressure on Governor Yahaya Bello to contest 2023 Presidential election in interest of the state and the entire north central Nigeria.
Kolawole equally appealed to all meaning Nigerians youths to support Bello presidency if he finally yields to pressure