Nasarawa Lawmakers To Use Big Stick On MDAs Violating Existing Laws

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Rabiu Omaku

The speaker of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Hon.Ibrahim Balarabe has read riot act to ministries, Departments and agencies to be guided by due process, accountability and prudency in the discharge of their responsibility.

Hon.Balarabe said the House will not hesitate to use the big stick where cases of violations of laws were breached, he assured that the provisions of these laws be implemented to the later, he gave the hint at a speech marking end of legislative year.

The speaker revealed that cordial relationship between the executive and the legislative arm of Government was behind the developmental stride of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, stating that urban regeneration drives across the state are being executed.

“A state of emergence has been declared in the educational sector while structures that would profoundly boost health care delivery are being strengthened, but more fundamentally the unprecedented security challenges which threatened the very existence of our dear state has been surmounted”.

Saying the lawmakers would accord backing to any policy or programmes of Government that is progressive and people friendly.

The Nasarawa state House of Assembly have passed six (6) bills into law,the speaker hinted this during his speech marking the end of legislative year,he further maintained that a total of twenty three (23) resolutions in the period under review.

The six bills passed into laws are

A bill for a law for the creation of Ogye chiefdom

A bill for the creation of Eholo chiefdom

A bill for a law for the creation of Erroh chiefdom

A bill for a law to amend the Local Government law 2009 as amended in 2011 and other matters connected thereto.

Other bills are 2015 supplementary appropruation bill

The 2016 approriation bill

The chairman House committee on Information, Hon.Daniel Ogazi (APC) while reacting on the exparte application filed by the state chairman of the Independent Democrates, Barrister Haruna Iliyasu restraining the Assembly from repealing the 2009 Local Government law, Hon.Ogazi averred that the Assembly is yet to receive any court injunction restraining the House from amending the existing law.

“As a law making organ we respect the law, what i want you to understand is that no court can stop any House of Assembly or national Assembly from making laws”.

Hon.Daniel Ogazi reacted that there was a judgement to effect by the apex court (supreme court) on that issue, adding that the lawyer that instituted the law suit lacks the locus standing to challenge the Assembly.

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