By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has restated his commitment to continue to up hold the principles of rule of law and separation of powers to enhance harmonious relationship between the three arms of government and good governance
Bello also has commended the state House of Assembly for upholding democratic principles of Checks and Balances, Rule of Law and doctrine of Separation of Powers in its functions.
The governor gave the commendation at a special Anniversary sitting to mark the end of the Second Session and commencement of the third session of the 6thAssembly at Kogi Assembly Complex in Lokoja, the State capital yesterday.
He said that the three democratic tenets were the “irreducible” minimum characteristics of a true Legislative Arm adding that though the house was berthed in crisis at inception and overrun with in-fighting, it had overcome and grown from partisanship to partnership.
“I want to thank you immensely from my heart because you have not allowed the many opportunities for mindless in-house crises to fester among you. This had been the undoing of many a state legislature in Nigeria.
“You have not chosen the part of eternal warfare with the Executive or the judicial arm of Kogi State Government. This has given us the liberty to focus on delivering our blueprint.
“You made laws in a timely and professional manner especially the expeditious passage of our 2017 Budget of New Direction. You have taken your oversight and constituency functions very6 seriously”, he said.
Bello reiterated his commitment to the independence of the legislature and financial autonomy saying that he had kept faith with the House in his promises and urged the legislators to keep doing the right things within the ambit of the law.
“As a united House of Assembly, the honourable members have exercised nothing but their constitutional powers derived in Sections 100. 128 among others to justify the mandate of our respective constituents
In his remarks, Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Imam told the governor that the Assembly passed 251 resolutions within the last two years of its legislative activities.
The resolutions according to him, arose from 38 motions and 78 Matters of Urgent Public Importance adding that resolutions agreed to based on requests from other arms of government were 12 while resolutions agreed to from committee reports were 48.
Imam noted that the current Lawmakers have tried to strengthen democratic principles through quality legislation.
The Speaker however, used the occasion to call on the governor to ascent to the bill on the assembly service commission.