Bauchi Gov Tasks State Assemblies’ Speakers on Technology

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Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed

Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has enjoined members of the Conference of Nigerian Speakers (CNS) to allow their legislative proceedings to be driven by technology in line with international best practices.

Mohammed gave the advice yesterday when he hosted the principal officers and members of the CNS to a state banquet and gala night at the Government House, Bauchi, after the conduct of their national meeting in Bauchi.

He said that members of the conference are so important in ensuring good governance in Nigeria and urged them to initiate knowledge driven policies for better delivery rather than focusing only on passage of budget and other executive bills.

The governor emphasised the need for collaboration between the NCS and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum to enable them to contribute positive solutions to the numerous challenges facing the country.

He said: “I am highly delighted to be with you at this moment and to thank you for coming to witness our hospitality by attending this reception after spending many hours discussing Nigerian challenges.”

“I want to use this medium to tell you that our politics in Bauchi is different with others because despite our party differences in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, I am very proud to inform you that I have enjoyed their tremendous support and that’s why we have been able to achieved successes.”

Mohammed pleaded with the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), to consider immediate suspension of their strike because their agitation for legislative autonomy is being addressed by critical stakeholders, including governors and the Presidency.

He said: “No need for the workers of the House of Assembly in the country to go for strike because of the autonomy. I want them to give the speakers the benefit of doubt by coming back to work because what they are agitating for is on the table and being discussed at high level.

“Let me thank members of the CNS on behalf of the government and people of Bauchi State because we are grateful for selecting Bauchi Speaker to lead you and I congratulated the Speaker for his proactive leadership in handling the conference and we will continue to support him to succeed.”

The Speakers of Delta, Enugu and Kogi States Houses of Assembly applauded the governor in their respective goodwill messages for his good synergy and understanding with the state assembly despite political differences.

They also commended his transformational agenda and appealed to him to continue to focus on the execution of people-oriented projects that would have direct impact on the lives of the people of the state.

“Your Excellency, we are not surprised, we have come and we have seen. With the little resources, you decided to embark on projects in housing scheme, water expansion project and road constructions among others,” the speakers said.