KOGI ASSEMBLY IMPASSE STALLS BUDGET PASSAGE

The crisis rocking the Kogi State house of assembly has began to take its toll on government activities in the state.

Since the impasse, members of the state assembly are yet to deliberate on the 2016 appropriation bill forwarded to it by the past administration of Governor Idris Wada, for passage into law, even as the lawmakers continue to shun sitting.

The government on its part as described the situation as unfortunate, coming at this time.

The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Yahaya Bello, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said the governor holds the assembly members in high esteem and expressed confidence that the crisis will soon be over.

The prolonged leadership crisis in the Kogi State house of assembly has in the last three months witnessed the emergence of three speakers in less than three months.

Two weeks ago five members of the assembly said they have impeahed Momohjimoh Lawal as speaking and elected Umar Imam in his place, leading to the relocation of Jimoh and 15 house members to Abuja.

While Jimoh and the other 15 lawmakers are pointing accusing fingers at the governor as fueling the crisis, impasse at the Kogi assembly is impacting negatively on government business including the non passage of the 2016 appropriation bill.

The government house which described the development as unfortunate however said it will continue to maintain cordial relationship with the assembly

It stated: “It is quite unfortunate that the House of Assembly crisis is coming up at this critical time when the people of Kogi are beginning to feel the impact of good governance.

“The governor holds the assembly members in high esteem and has expressed confidence that the crisis will soon be over. The governor on his part will continue to work towards maintaining a cordial working relationship with the respected honourable members of the House to move Kogi State forward.

“We hope that very soon, the assembly will settle into its legislative business and compliment the Governor in his determination to move the state forward.”

 

LTV

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