The 9th Kwara legislature has helped to reshape governance in the State of Harmony and helped Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to deliver on campaign promises.
The current state lawmakers have proved their mettle beyond a reasonable doubt and they have performed excellently well in respect of law making, representation and oversight functions.
Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon Yakubu Salihu Danladi who made these assertions penultimate Thursday added that ‘we have always approached and handled all matters of governance religiously’.
He said the 9th Kwara legislature has since its inauguration in June 2019, passed 14 Bills and considered 32 Motions adding that there were resolutions on the said motions.
‘The Resolutions of this House since June 2019 have assisted in very significant ways to reshape governance in the state’ he said.
Giving his speech during the special plenary session held to mark the second anniversary of the ninth legislature in Ilorin , Danladi said the lawmakers have always ensured that consideration and passage of all bills, especially, the appropriation bills satisfied the yearnings of the people.
‘The House has also ensured that all Bills and other legislative functions affecting key sectors such as health, education, social security, youth employment and job creation, land and housing, commerce, women affairs, people with disability, child rights, works and transport and others received the desired attention.
Also, we have not left the provision of infrastructure solely in the hands of the Executive we have therefore taken steps to attract projects to our various constituencies; including construction of classrooms and health facilities, sinking of boreholes and the opening of rural roads, under the Grassroots Development Project, an initiative of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration which began in 2020.
All the projects under this initiative have been completed and delivered for the use of our people’ he said.
Danladi particularly thanked staff of the House of Assembly led by the Clerk for their cooperation and support.
‘I must admit that the feats recorded by this 9th Legislature in the last two years were as a result of the dedication, loyalty and zeal of the management and staff of this Assembly under the Clerk.
Today is indeed a historic day in the life of this 9th Legislature in Kwara state. It is significant because it marks the completion of the first half and the beginning of another Legislative year’ he said.
Danladi also commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the good relationship that has existed between the legislature and the executive which has according to him resulted in good governance and service delivery.
‘Let me acknowledge, with all sense of fulfillment; the cooperation, understanding and harmonious working relationship that has existed between this House and other arms of government in the last two years.
Special appreciation goes to His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the synergy and cooperation that this House has enjoyed since inauguration. Although one cannot expect anything less from an administration that has good intentions for the masses’ he said.
Members of the state house of assembly later stood up one after the other to comment on the Speaker’s ‘leadership style’ and other issues.
Hon Razaq Owolabi (Share/Oke-ode), who referred to Danladi as ‘manager of men’ , commended him for giving every member of the House of Assembly sense of belonging, doing this, he added, has made it possible for the Speaker to get things done.
Hon Abdulahi Danbaba (Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe) also praised Danladi’s leadership style; he asserted that the ninth legislature has recorded successes while promising that the lawmakers will redouble efforts in the remaining two years.
Razaq Owolabi had earlier made colleagues and people at the public gallery burst into laughter when he disclosed that many had had doubts about his ability to do the job because he was labeled a ‘stubborn guy’. The lawmaker known for being forthright however asserted that he has proved those who held such an opinion wrong and that he has impacted the lives of his constituents.
Owolabi said Oke-Ode district had been left without power for two years but that he took necessary steps and made relevant officials fix the problem and have power restored.
The popular Kwara state lawmaker added that hospital and school have been renovated in Oro-Ago and Oke-Ode respectively while roads and bridges were constructed in Oro-Ago, Ile-Ere.
Seven motorized boreholes were also according to him constructed across his constituency.