Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, have described the executive-legislature relationship as non-negotiable for good governance to thrive in the country; saying that such synergy would enable the people get the dividends of democracy faster than expected.
Speaking at the first Ekiti State Executive-Legislative parley tagged, “Towards a collaboration that works and is sustainable”, held at Iloko Ijesa, Osun State, the governor said the synergy should be driven by a desire by both organs to join hands in the spirit of comradeship to pursue the best for the largest majority of people at the shortest time possible.
Fayemi said the parley was a recurrent platform where the two arms would sit down and explore all sides to any argument that was in the interest of the people; adding that it was easy to make points that advance narrow agenda but it was far more useful socially to reach beyond partisan boundaries and to take due cognizance of the wider interest.
“No less critical is constitutionalism, the extent to which public office holders in Nigeria are committed to government according to the letters as well as the spirit of the constitution. These are not only matters of the moment; they have long formed the background from which relations between the two arms of government have drawn sustenance and meaning. They are even more critical to relations between the federal and state governments”, he said.
In his keynote speech, Mamora, who served two terms in the National Assembly, said that both the executive and legislative arms of government are not totally independent of each other and are expected to exercise “a degree of functional overlap” so that they could collaborate on how to enhance good governance.