Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has taken the lead as one of the first governors to sign into law the bill granting financial autonomy to the state legislature. Inspired by the action of President Muhammadu Buhari, who few months ago assented to the bill for an autonomy for the judiciary and state legislature, Governor Bello said the law would enhance the effective operations of the legislature.
Governor Bello, while assenting to the bill and three others at the Government House in Lokoja in the presence of the principal officers, members and staffers of the state assembly, lauded the existing cordial relationship between his government and the state legislature. While assuring of his resolve to sustain his administration’s drive for good governance in the state, Governor Bello called for a stronger collaboration with other arms of government in ensuring that the people of the state enjoy the dividends of democracy. On other laws passed by the state assembly, the contributory pension scheme, road traffic and vehicle inspection bill, and the state water supply law, Governor Bello emphasised that the laws are a clear demonstration of his administration’s commitment towards doing things differently in the state.
He pointed out that the laws would not only enhance effective functioning of the affected establishments, it would add value to the quest for good governance in the state. On his part, Speaker of the House, Hon. Matthew Kolawale, described the event as historic, noting that Governor Bello has written his name in gold for bringing to reality the struggle for autonomy for the state legislature. He promised the continued synergy of the House with the executive in the task of moving the state forward, and called for the support of the people of the state to the Yahaya Bello led administration.
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