Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the presidential system of government being practised by Nigeria is too costly and would do Nigeria no good. He however suggested the practice of the parliamentary system of government, saying it would propel the country to development and progress.
Aregbesola, who stated this while speaking during a special sitting of the Osun State House of Assembly to mark the 50th birthday of the Speaker, Hon. Najeem Salaam, stressed that the country may continue to wallow in economic challenges if it continues to practice the presidential system of government. Describing the state legislators as watchdogs and guardians to the executives, Aregbesola said their roles in the nation building could not be underestimated.
According to Aregbesola, executives should be accountable to the legislature and also derive its legitimacy from the legislature, saying it would propel development for the country. He said: “Parliamentary system of governance is the best form of government for active development in the developing country.
Nigeria may not get it right if it continues with this presidential system of government.” The governor commended the State Assembly for its role in the petition written to the House by a serving judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede ,accusing him of graft, saying he would not comment further on the dismissed petition.
The governor said the State House of Assembly has always been supporting him in carrying out his projects by constantly checkmating his activities since the inception of his administration in 2010. While congratulating the Speaker for attaining the golden age, Aregbesola described Salaam as a humble and integrity-personified person, advising him to jealously guide his good name.
Earlier, members of the Assembly had showered encomiums on the speaker, describing him as a ‘legislative Jagaban’. In his response, Salaam expressed happiness for attaining the new age, saying the Assembly would continue to support the present administration to achieve its goals.
Eminent personalities present at the sitting which was presided by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, included the Speakers of Oyo and Ogun States Houses of Assembly, Adeshina Adeyemo and Surajudeen Adekunbi respectively.
-Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo