Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Salihu Yakubu Danladi has reiterated the commitment of the Assembly to be transparent and accountable in governance.
Receiving Elites Network for Sustainable Development, ENetSuD, a Kwara based Civil Society Organisation, CSO, and sponsor of Kwara State Freedom of Information, FoI, Bill, the Speaker said ‘‘We are not deaf to your yearnings, we won’t disappoint you and I assure you that we will leave a legacy that the youths would be proud of.
“This government means well and is committed to the development of Kwara State. I come from a rural area and cannot go back home if after four years we leave them the way they were. No one is following Kwara money more than the ninth Assembly. You can see how diligent we have been investigating how our common patrimony has been spent over the years.
“It is not about the number of days that the FoI Bill spends here, but the quality of the output at the end. Yes, the governor recommended some amendments but as diligent legislators, we are not limited to doing just that, you will call us rubber stamp if we do otherwise. We must scrutinize and make our own input to ensure that the bill serves the people of Kwara better. The House Committee on Youth, Sports and Information is working on it, scrutinizing it clause by clause and at the end, we will all be glad.”
The lawmaker revealed that the Assembly is currently expecting the 2020 proposed Appropriation Bill from the executive. This, he said is in pursuit of sustaining the January-December budget cycle which Kwara is known for. He, however, assured that the FoI Bill will see the light of the day because he is aware of its significance and called for a stronger synergy and support of the CSO for the realization of a greater and prosperous Kwara State.
In their respective remarks, Deputy Coordinator and Assistant General Secretary of the organisation, Sodiq Bola and Lanre Osho said the apolitical CSO was in the Assembly to specifically ask why the FoI amendment as recommended by Governor AbdlRahman AbdulRazaq is yet to be done.
Bola said it is the organisation’s wish to entrench transparency and accountability in the polity, promote good governance in Kwara and not to blackmail the government.