Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole, has said that the state assembly has lived up to her billing and discharging its responsibilities as expected.
The Speaker who stated this on Sunday during a tete- a- tete with newsmen in Lokoja, he disagreed with those who opined that the legislature must be combative in its dealings with the executive arm.
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 stalement 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 is remains our priority, and we will continue to cooperate and assist His Excellency in this respect.”