Gov Bello backs financial autonomy for State legislature,



—— as Nigeria houses Assembly speakers lauds Gov. Bello’s Leadership style

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has backed efforts of the legislature in the country to achieve financial autonomy.

He made the assertion in a remark on Friday when he received Speakers of State Houses of Assembly from the 36 States of the country who paid him a courtesy visit.

He said a financial autonomy to the legislature would give them needed impetus to perform their functions better and contribute more productively to the nation’s democracy.

The Governor stressed that without the legislative arm of government, democracy would be in danger, adding that his administration has since inception, backed his state Assembly to have autonomy.

He used the occasion to aplaud Kogi State House of Assembly for the cordial way with which it works with the other arms of government and called on the legislative arm in other states of the country to learn from his state on how to work harmoniously with the executive and the judiciary for societal progress.

The relationship between him and members of his state legislature, Governor Bello noted, transcends official one, adding that he has personal and cordial relationship with them to show the unity of purpose between and among them.

“For a democracy to thrive and serve its purpose, there must be understanding among the various arms of government, particularly between the executive and the legislature,” Governor Bello stressed, “If you remove the legislature, there would be no democracy,” he added.

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He went down memory lane in response to an earlier remark by the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole who recalled how their relationship began in a rocky way to say God brought him on board to serve the people of the state and there was no way he could discharge his responsibility without the cooperation of the legislature.

He said he had inherited a balkanized Assembly which he had to make efforts to bring together through his people oriented programmes, hence the decision of many to cross – carpet into the ruling party despite the fact that the ruling party hitherto had minority seats in the Assembly.

Governor Bello then expressed appreciation to his visitors for identifying with Prince Matthew Kolawole and for the courtesy visit, saying the fact that they are holding their extraordinary meeting for the first time in Kogi State since the state’s creation shows that they appreciate the work he has been doing to move the state forward.

Meanwhile, Speakers of the States Houses of Assembly in Nigeria have commended Governor Yahaya Bello over what they described as his pragmatic Leadership.

They gave the commendation on Friday in their separate addresses with many stating their commitment to the cause of his presidential ambition with others describing him during their individual introductions as “The Next President by the grace of God.”

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Their thoughts was put together by their Kogi State counterpart, Prince Matthew Kolawole who is the speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly in his opening address at the occasion.

Prince Kolawole the purpose of their presence in Lokoja was to hold their regular extraordinary meeting for the first time in Lokoja and that it was just happening since the creation of Kogi State in 1991 and to honour him as one of them because of his daughter’s wedding this weekend.

They were having their extraordinary meeting where they would address many issues that affect them as a body with the main focus being financial autonomy for the legislature and other things that affect the country.

The Kogi Assembly Speaker noted that the relationship between the legislature and the executive has been very smooth in the state because of the pragmatic and exemplary leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello, a synergy that he stressed, has been to the benefit of the state.

Prince Kolawole added that it was because of the vision that he has seen in the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has informed his decision to lead his colleagues to canvass support for the Governor to become the President of Nigeria in 2023.

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The Speaker who is also the National Treasurer of the Conference of speakers, noted that Governor Bello is a very unique person who is warm and forgiving to his political rivals in the discharge of his duty, adding he could attest to that because of the way their relationship began when Bello was first elected in 2016.

He therefore described the Governor as his political godfather to whom he had learnt many positive political attributes to move Kogi forward.

In his own address, the chairman Conference of Speakers of Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, Hon Abubakar Suleiman who is also the Speaker of Bauchi State stressed that they were in Kogi to hold their meeting anf celebrate with their colleague, Hon Kolawole.

He said financial autonomy was going to take the from burner in their Sunday Conference because of the importance that it has in the continued discharge of their responsibilities as major components of democracy.

He then thank Governor Yahaya Bello for the relationship between the legislature and the executive as there cannot be smooth operations in governance if there is no understanding and mutual relationship.

“It is not disputing the fact that if there is no close working relationship between the two arms of government, there cannot be development and democracy would suffer,” he stressed.

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