JONAS EZIEKE and EUCLID MYKE, Abuja
THE Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has stated that the 8th Assembly has done well despite the blackmail from some mischief makers, saying that the basic responsibility of the legislature is to make laws and should not be distracted with the task of provision of infrastructure.
The Deputy Governor stated this on Friday in Abuja during the two years anniversary celebration of the 8th National Assembly.
Hon. Ajayi who was a member of the House of Representatives in the 7th Assembly said that the Assembly has been a victim of blackmail from people who do not understand the functions of lawmaking, just as he challenged the media to intensify enlightenment of the electorate on the seriousness of the mandate of the legislature.
He commended the 8th Assembly for the quality of bills they have been able to churn out just as he commended Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House for conducting the affairs of the House with all sense of responsibility.
Ajayi emphasized that the press has the duty to educate the people on the primary duty on the legislature which is making laws for the people, insisting that a situation where the electorate score a legislature low due to his inability to attract quality projects to his constituency should be discouraged, adding that the concept of constituency intervention project is good but a distraction to the legislature.
According to him, a legislature is under pressure to attract government presence to his constituency and this is the score card used by the electorate to assess the performance of a lawmaker, adding that a lawmaker who is not able to attract quality constituency project to his locality is regarded as a filure by the electorate irrespective of the quality of bills he has sponsored and his general contributions to debates on the floor of the National Assembly.
The Deputy governor challenged the media to begin a process of reorientation and educate the people to realize that the primary duty of a legislature is to make laws and not to be engaged in the provision of infrastructure as that is the primary responsibility of the executive.
The former lawmaker while commenting on the 100 days of present All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Ondo stated that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has delivered on the mandate signed with the people, saying salaries are being paid to workers as and when due just as the seven months backlog of salary allowance has been reduced to five months.
He stated that several projects are on-going in the state while the government has intensifies efforts to attract quality Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the state to ensure massive industrial and infrastructural development.
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