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How Tinubu Pioneered Calls For Legislature Autonomy – Ikuforiji



Former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji has given kudos to All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for signing into law the first self accounting bill of state legislature in the country. Addressing members of the Media and Publicity Committee of the Presidential Campaign Council for Lagos State, Ikuforiji said the event demonstrated Tinubu’a commitment to the principle of separation of powers enshrined in the constitution.

Ikuforiji, who was speaker for 10 years, said the fact the National Assembly passed a bill last year compelling state governments to enact the self-accounting laws for their Houses of Assembly shows that Tinubu is a trail blazer and visionary. He said the Presidency under Tinubu will ensure harmonious relationship with the National Assembly to fast track socio-economic development of the country. He added that the cordial relationship that existed between the executive and legislative arms of government was responsible for a new Lagos uncovered by the Tinubu-led government.

According to him, the former Lagos State Governor made it possible for the Lagos House of Assembly to become the envy of other houses due to the autonomy of the House of Assembly. “The freedom the House enjoyed during the Tinubu government is unparalleled. If he wants to do something that I believe won’t fly, I would tell him so. Because he knows that the development of the House of Assembly as a democratic institution guided me, he would think about it again”.

Kuforiji noted that, as the policemen of the system, members of the House performed oversight functions on ministries, departments and agencies without the interference of Governor Tinubu. Rather, Tinubu as governor made it clear to commissioners and permanent secretaries to supply all the necessary information to enable lawmakers perform their oversight functions. He described the APC presidential candidate as a good listener who worked with the legislators to make laws which led to the giant strides of the state.

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