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Right Activists Tasks Kogi Assembly to Maintain Independence of Legislature

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A Lokoja based Human Rights Activits and Executive Diretor Centre for Human Rights and Conflicts Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul has admonished the Kogi State House of Assembly to continue to maintain the independence of legislature to encourage separation of power between the three arms of government.

Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul

This was contained in a press statement issued by Executive Director, Centre for  Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Idris Miliki Abdul and copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoja, the State capital.

The Rights activist, commended the leadership of House for maintaining peace in last two years, saying that the House got its acts together in spite of the crisis that rocked the house to the foundation and forging ahead in unison.

“But we are very worried that despite the huge resources expended on the 6th Assembly, the numbers of oversight function and their reports, has not been too encouraging. It is regrettable and worrisome, in the 21st Century and in the present digital age, and the level of information dissemination required, The Kogi State House of Assembly is yet to have a functional website.

“We call on the Assembly, as we move to the 3rd year, to seriously look in that direction, so as to help the documentation process and data for both members of the Assembly and their activities.

“It is also pertinent to create constituency activities and offices. While we had witnessed some, a lot of the members are yet to comply with this obligation.

“Despite the constant pronouncement and request by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Umar Imam, that members should sponsor bills that make meaningful impact in the lives of the people, only 4 private member bills are currently pending before the House in the last 2 years, which does not augur well for such an important institution.

“We thank almighty God that have preserved the lives of all honourable members that will continue to legislate for the people of Kogi State,” He noted.

We wish to congratulate them on this 2 years anniversary and call them to continue to maintain the independence of the Legislature as an institution, so as to encourage the separation of power in line with the provisions of law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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