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The Ogun State Governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Comrade Olujobi Fayoyin has berated the State governor, Dapo Abiodun for allegedly refusing to sign bills on financial autonomy for state legislatures and judicial funds management into law.
Fayoyin, who is the youngest gubernatorial candidate in the state insisted that the governor refused to sign the bill because he wants to allegedly keep the lawmakers at his control.
He said this on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
The NNPP guber candidate lamented that it is worrisome the governor did not signed the two bills that is critical for a trustworthy and transparent leadership.
He however said his administration will ensure the signing of the two bills within first 30 days in office.
Fayoyin stressed that if the law on state legislative funds management in the state is signed, it will enhance accountability, fairness, independence and efficiency.
He noted that the NNPP which believe in new Nigeria will ensure the signing of the bill so as to translate to efficient checks and balances.
He said, “The deliberate refusal of the governor to sign the two impactful bills is an attempt to continuing keeping the lawmakers and the judiciary under him. He is doing this so that there will not be room for checks and balance during his time as governor of the state.”
He added, “the passage of the bill is a prerequisite for the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislatures across the nation, which will enhance accountability, fairness, independence and efficiency.
“Because we believe in a New Nigeria which Ogun state is not an exception, and for the fact I understand the value of separation of power which will translate to efficient checks and balances which will in turn birth dedication and transparency in public service.”
Speaking on the State Judiciary Funds Management Law 2021, Fayoyin said the governor refused to sign the bill after being passed by the assembly in June 2020.
He added,” The bill, H.B. No. 068./OG/2020 A Bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State Judiciary Funds Management and other Matters Connected therewith, 2021, which is expected to provide a legal framework for judicial autonomy in the state, which we consider is highly needed for a new Nigeria of of dream.
“I consider the two bills as very critical for a trustworthy and transparent leadership hence my promise to sign the two bills into law within my first 30days in office as executive governor of Ogun State, even as I’m assuring the good people of Ogun State that sports development, education, security, massive youth empowerment through industrialization,mechanized farming, subsidized tax for small businesses and adequate welfarism of the great Ogun workers shall be our priority if voted into office come 2023”.
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