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Al-Makura: Bickering Between Executive, Legislature Uncalled For

Nasarawa State Governor, Umar Tanko Al-MakuraFollowing the threat by the state House of Assembly to impeach him over an alleged extra-budgetary spending, the Nasarawa State Governor, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, Wednesday said the bickering between the executive and the legislature was uncalled for as it was grossly exaggerated.
The governor appealed to the legislators to be cautious, adding that the bickering "should not be allowed to be a dividing force or blown out of proportion."
Senior Special Assistant to Al-Makura on Media and Press Affairs, Sani  Mairiga, who spoke to journalists in Abuja yesterday on behalf of the governor,  said the constitution clearly defined the roles, duties and responsibilities of both arms of government.
"There is no reason whatsoever for the executive and legislature  not to work together for the development of the state. There is no need for any rivalry between the executive and legislature; it is absolutely unnecessary because both arms are part of the same government elected by the people to deliver dividends of democracy.
"We acknowledge the fact that there could be disagreement once in a while and might belong to different political parties; however, it should not be allowed to be a dividing force or blown out of proportion. What the people of the state want is good governance and responsible government" Al-Makura said.
He stressed that the executive and legislature operate on the same pedestal even though the two arms of government see things from varying perspectives.
"Disagreements between these two arms of government were often exaggerated and over dramatised," the governor stated.
According to him, such bickering in some cases may assist mutual respect between legislature and executive as well as promoting  accountability.
On the resignation of his two aides, Hajara Danyaro and Philip Iyakwari, Al-Makura said the duo resigned to pave the way for the development of the state.
He, however, enjoined the people of the state to give his administration the necessary support and understanding in its avowed determination to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy.
The governor said he was committed  to ensuring a cordial relationship among the three arms of government.
"The state belongs to all of us irrespective of religious, ethnic or party differences; we should strive to take it to a greater heights" the governor added.

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