Taraba legislators assure governor of support
THE Taraba State House of Assembly has expressed its resolve to work in harmony with the state governor, Darius Ishaku, in the overall interest of the people of the state, instead of engaging the executive arm in what it described as activities that could further retard the growth of the state.
This according to the Speaker Abel Peter Diah, would ensure the unity of the legislature and the executive that is needed to bring to the door-step of the people the much needed dividends of democracy.
The speaker who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, expressed his optimism that the state governor, if given support, would not only dry the tears on the faces of the people, but would as well take the state to the peak.
In order to achieve this objective, the Speaker averred that the House would not engage in acts that would distract the governor from his “rescue missions, but will give him all our supports.”
In the same manner he also gave the assurance that the House would not derail in its oversight functions, stressing that it would not cease in checkmating the executive as well as “offering the governor our advice and suggestion.”
Citing the former Seventh House of Assembly that was characterized by skirmishes, he gave the assurance that current House has agreed to work for the people and the state at large.
The speaker urged the people, irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political differences, to close rank and support the government in order to bring the dividends of democracy to them.
While identifying some developmental projects the governor had put in place since assuming office, he remarked that this feat would not have been possible if not because of the peace in the state.
According to him, “As far as the leadership of the House is concern, we are one family with common interest. Our interest is to make laws that would bring smiles on the faces of our people and to assist the governor to bring development to our people and our dear state.”
The Speaker representing the Mbamnga constituency, who is also one of the longest serving members of the House, reiterated the determination of the House not to be a rubber stamp in the hands of the executive.
“That we are going to work in harmony with the executive arm of the government does not mean that we are going to be used. That is not what I mean. We are not going to shy away in carrying out our legislative duties, that I stand to assure everybody,” he said.