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Fayemi opens 3-day retreat for state’s lawmakers-elect

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Fayemi opens 3-day retreat for state’s lawmakers-elect

Ekiti State government has commenced a three-day retreat for the federal and state lawmakers-elect.
This is just as Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has declared that he has no interest in a rubber stamp state assembly for the executive but one where lawmakers engage constructively and freely air their opinions on governance-related issues.
He said progress can only be achieved when the executive and legislative arms of government synergize in a very responsible manner in the overall interest of the people.

Fayemi spoke in Iloko-Ijesa while declaring open the three-day retreat organised by the state government for Federal and State Assembly lawmakers-elect in the state.

The governor said that the fact that the next Assembly is dominated by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not mean that the lawmakers cannot voice out their opinions on issues. He, however, said that such opinions should be constructive and reflective of the interests of their constituents and in the overall interest of the state.

“Being of the same party does not mean you will not have your opinions.

“We are not in the business of running a herd. For me, there is nothing wrong in critical reflection, constructive criticisms with interests that are peculiar to your constituency which you may want to push but which may not necessarily be the interest that is of priority to government,” he said.

 

“They (Ekiti people) are the ones who elected you into office, you have a duty to represent them well but you also have the duty to speak truth to them on certain information you have which they may not have about whatever request they are making to you which government is not able to do in the short term”, he said.

He disclosed that the state government initiated the retreat so that the two arms of government could synergise in order to help the state return to its pride of place among the states. He added that his administration believes in exposing the legislative arm to international best practices and capacity building that would help them function effectively.

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