May 14, 2009

Nassarawa Organs of Government Are More Than Cordial

A delegation from Nassarawa State recently attended a cultural festival at Kwall in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Among the delegation was a member of the state’s House of Assembly, Honorable Yakubu A Faransa, who represents Awe North Constituency. The News Tower took advantage of the opportunity to discuss with the legislator.

Faransa said the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government is more than friendly. It is more of a family kind of relationship. The healthy relationship is the reason why the government of Aliyu Akwe Doma has been able to create an impression in the areas of road construction and reforms in the health portfolio.

The pages of Nigerian newspapers have recently been dominated by stories of political defection from other parties to the PDP. Faransa said it calls for concern as the development spells doom for Nigerian democracy that is now headed towards a one-party democrac if nothing is done about it. He agrees that it is indeed true that there have been decamping particularly from the ANPP and referred to the case of the governors of Zamfara and Bauchi states as examples. They were all members of the ANPP and in view of the fact that the ANPP had been the major opposition; there is indeed cause for concern. The problem according to him is the fact that Nigerians politicians see politics as a means of livelihood rather than an opportunity to work for the progress of the nation.

The legislator also answered questions regarding the two year tenure of local administration in his state. He is of the opinion that a politician, who sincerely wants to work, can achieve a lot in just one year and people should not cite two years as been two short a duration for any administrator to make an impression. He however concluded that three years would have been most appropriate.

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