The Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole has joined hands with his state Governor, Yahaya Bello, to raise some questions and issues behind the rampaging COVID 19 pandemic in the country, describing as being more political than reality.
This is even as the Speaker frowned at insinuations that the present Assembly is a rubber stamp of the Executive arm of government.
Kolawole who was reacting to some insinuations in Lokoja during an interactive session with the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said the existence of the cordial relationship between the Executive and Legislature in Kogi was in a bid by the two arms of governments to ensure the rapid socio – economic development of the state.
The Speaker pointed out that the rapid passage of most Executive bills was always aimed at guiding against wastages and loss of millions of naira if such bills were delayed.
On the Covid-19 pandemic, the Speaker, who aligned himself with the position of the state Governor, Yahaya Bello, on the pandemic, said “the issue is more political than reality, the symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, catarrh and pneumonia, which we are all familiar with and we have our own way of treating them.”
According to him, the state House of Assembly has enacted legislation to help the state to tackle the virus if it spreads to the state.
He said the house had also set up a committee under the leadership of the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Ahmed, to liaise with the squadron committee set up by the governor under the leadership of the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja to address the pandemic.