By Immam Moromoke
Prof. Hassan Saliu has commended the harmonious working relationship between the legislative and executive arm of the Kwara State government.
Saliu, University of Ilorin Political science Don who was the guest Speaker at the Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) Capacity Building Workshop, themed ‘Not Too Young To Run, the 9th Kwara legislative experience, which is part of lined up activities for 2020 edition of annual Press Week of the Union, held at Ilorin today, enjoined the 9th Assembly to sustain its independence without unnecessarily antagonising the executive arm of government.
Speaker and Cross session of guests at the programme
In his words, Prof. Salihu said “Upon emergence as Speaker, Engr. Danladi-Salihu tactically and strategically constituted House committees without rancor and has continue to lead a parliament that works hand in hand with the Executives, therefore eliminating political tension within the State.
“Nonetheless, he has tried to maintain the independence of the Kwara state House of Assembly, evidenced by his thoroughness in its oversight. A typical example is how the house publicly frowned at poor execution of some public project, despite being in same party with Executive”, he added.
The Speaker, however described finance as one of the major impediments, militating against the youth taking their position of place in the society, adding that the House under his watch will strive to always align with the aspirations of the common man.
The Speaker said “As a parliament with significant number of young people, we have continued to carry out our legislative assignment with diligence and high spirit of sacrifice, aside our primary functions, no member of the House have not committed personal funds into development programs and projects in our respective constituencies.
“Today, I can proudly say we have done our best so far to make life better for our people, through various interventions and facilitation of people oriented projects and that is why as a young man, I can relate with and walk freely in my constituency and anywhere else”, he stressed.
While promising to maintain independence of the legislature, Danladi-Salihu said the 9th Kwara Assembly will continue to sustain its synergy with other arms of government, to deliver dividend of democracy to the good people of Kwara.
He thanked the NUJ for honoring the 9th Assembly and implored the Union to never hesitate to call the House to order whenever lapses are observed