Dr Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor has said that he is not interested in a State Assembly that is a mere rubber-stamp for the executive, but one where lawmakers engage constructively and freely air their opinions on governance-related issues.
He said that progress can only be achieved when the executive and legislative arms of government synergise in a very responsible manner in the overall interest of the people.
Fayemi who spoke in Iloko-Ijesa at a three-day retreat organised by the state government for National and State Assembly lawmakers-elect, stated that his administration does not want a rubber-stamp legislature or “a cantankerous Assembly” but one which would partner with the executive arm to deliver the goodies of good governance to the people of Ekiti 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 opinion. We are not in the business of running a herd but 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.
“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.
While speaking on the rationale behind the retreat, the governor explained that it was important for the two arms of government to synergise in order to help the State return to its pride of place among the states, adding that his administration believes in exposing the legislative arm to international best practices and capacity building that would help them function effectively.
He added that the outgoing Assembly deserved commendations for working in collaboration with the executive since he became governor last year not minding the party differences between him and majority of the Assembly members.