The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led governments at the federal and state levels have done fairly wellÂ in three yearsÂ to warrant another term in 2019.
Marafa made this known in Minna while speaking with newsmenÂ on TuesdayÂ on the occasion of Nigeriaâ€™s 19 years of uninterrupted democratic rule.
The lawmaker stated that three years was not enough to fully assess the present government given that the opposition spent 16 years in power.
â€œIn fairness to my party, the APC, three years is never enough time for one to fully assess a government.
â€œThis is even more so when you consider the fact that a particular government was in power for 16 years.
â€œThis government came into power with unprecedented levels of expectations from Nigerians, so at the end of at least eight years, I believe Nigerians would be able to assess us more comprehensively,â€ he added
He noted that the party deserved another shot at power in 2019 to consolidate on the gains recorded so far.
â€œWe have done relatively wellÂ in three yearsÂ and I think we have a good score card we can present anywhere to deserve another term.
â€œTo be honest, we have done excellently well in some areas and deserves a pass mark in other areas.
â€œAnd given a second term, I want to assure everyone that we would consolidate on what we have started so far both at the federal and state levels,” he said.
According to him, Nigerians would have taken to the streets in protest if the APC had not largely lived up to their expectations after three years.
He called for increased prayers for Nigeria as the country marked another democracy day, adding that it was a time for sober reflection and stock taking.
â€œWe should intensify prayers to God for a better country and be patient as nothing good in life comes easy.
â€œAs it is now, we are in a critical situation and only prayers can lead us to the promised land.
â€œThis is also a period for us to take stock and see how we can improve on areas we are lagging behind,â€ he said.
On the secret to the cordial relationship between the executive and legislature in the state, he attributed it to putting the interest of the state above all other considerations.
â€œThe reason we are having it so good in Niger is because we try to put the interest of the state first before anything else.
â€œIt is not like we do not have issues or internal crisis sometimes, but we have been able to manage them well with the intervention of the Almighty God.
â€œAnd the wonderful support the leadership of the House has been getting from members is also a major factor,â€ he added.
He pledged the resolve of the state Assembly to enact laws that have direct bearing on the populace.(NAN)