ODDITY: I cannot exonerate myself, talk less of the governor – Ex-Deputy Speaker, Plateau Assembly
LEGISREPORTS NG – The former deputy speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Baba Hassan has tagged the problem in Plateau state to bad leadership.
Speaking in Jos, in reaction to the reports that he exonerated the state Governor, David Jonah Jang from the on-going crisis in the state, Hassan said, exonerating the governor is not possible for him. “I cannot exonerate myself, talk less of the governor,” he said.
“The legislative arm of government in most states is almost part of the executive. Many of the legislators can’t say or do things on their own. It’s either they are being called by their party or the governor is telling them what to say or do. And both party members and opposition voices look to the governor to have even their official requirements met. Your salary is coming from the governor. Your welfare allowances come from him. If you are travelling, you look to the governor. So, to whom much is given, much is expected.”
“The lack of autonomy for state houses of assembly has a debilitating effect on governance, except for people like us who stand our grounds in many cases and insist certain things must be done right,” he said
Hassan said the House of Assembly which should work with and compel the governor to do what ought to be done for the good of the state is hampered by its virtual dependence on the governor, a situation which leaves the governor with much to do in order to right the wrongs and return the state to sanity.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Jos