Kogi State, Lokoja -- Hon. Yakubu Yunusa, Kogi State House of Assembly Majority Leader, claimed that the House has not taken any inducement from the executive arm of government to pass the bill to empower the governor to access a N20 billion bond for infrastructural development, contrary to what is being speculated in some quarters.
According to him, the lawmakers "would not support any move that would make life difficult for the people". The House was "only preoccupied with making laws that have direct bearing on the people's lives".
The suggestion that the House connived with the executive after taking monetary inducement to hurriedly pass the bill to empower the governor to borrow the money was described by him as "total fallacy and far from the truth".
When the bill was presented to the Assembly, it was subjected to rigorous debate by the 25 members of the House. After the lawmakers realised the importance of the bill to the development of the state in term of infrastructure, they had no choice but to pass it, Yunusa narrated.
Before the bill was passed for the Governor's assent, the House organised a public hearing which the stakeholders attended.
The major reasons for which the bond was sought were expansion and reticulation of Lokoja Greater Water Scheme, rural development, opening up of more roads in Lokoja and other infrastructural development.
Yunusa reminded that Lagos, Ekiti and other states had taken such bond have been working progressively. He stressed that the Lagos State Government went for bond for five years and had been able to pay back in two years.
The majority leader also pondered on the youth restiveness in Ofu Local Government Area of the state, saying that he as well as other stakeholders are not relenting in their oars to tackle the spate of insecurity in that local government.
He, therefore, described as a source of concern the recent development in which some hoodlums kidnapped a monarch for ransom and killed a 17-year-old girl, Ugere Ogbadu, for ritual purpose.
Therefore, the lawmaker stressed the necessity to establish a military base in Ofu Local Government Area to check the activities of the hoodlums.
Capt. Idris Wada, Kogi state Governor, was praised for his intolerance to violence.