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I won’t interfere in ODHA’s business – Akeredolu

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

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Ahead of  the June inauguration of the Ondo legislators-elect, the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has again assured the incoming 10th Assembly of his administration non- interference in  its business.

Akeredolu who stated this in Owo at a two-day induction  programme organised for the 26  members-elect of the tenth Assembly, said his administration holds dearly and respects the principle of separation of powers among the three  organs of government as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria (as amended)

“Against the backdrop of an independent assembly, you would be expected  to legislate properly and effectively, with a view to promoting good governance and development for the overall benefit of our people,” he stressed.

While charging the lawmakers-elect to see themselves as trustees of the entire state, the governor congratulated them that the decision of their constituents to elect them as representatives is a big testimony of the confidence reposed in them.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa described legislature as the engine room of democracy, adding that when removed, what is left with is autocracy

He noted robust relationship his administration had with the outgoing 9th assembly and urged the incoming 10th assembly to follow same for continued development.

Earlier, The Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun, who declared the event open, said the essence of the programme was to broaden the minds of the elected legislators on legislative agenda,  procedures and processes as well as to remind them of the primary needs of their people.

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Oleyelogun noted the programme as the process of introducing members- elect to the legislative terrain, emphasizing that any knowledge acquired at the end of it will go a long way in determining the performances of legislators.

According to him, it offers a unique opportunity for participants to begin their legislative duty on a right footing as a veritable means in developing and deepening democratic structures.

The speaker affirmed that there was a lot of work to be done in the 10th parliament, just as he said that the induction programme will certainly help the lawmakers-elect to perform effectively and efficiently.

Earlier in his address, Clerk of the House, Jaiyeola Benjamin, pointed out that the programme was way through which the lawmakers-elect acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become effective representatives of their constituents.

He described  legislature as the bedrock of democracy and the closest arm of government to the people mandated to better the lives of the people.

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