Members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have promised to renew their roles as whistle blowers on state affairs under the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing a press conference, leader of the APC lawmakers in the House, Muhammad Ali, said as the conscience of the ordinary man and woman in the state, the lawmakers would do everything possible to call to order the ruling PDP over issues of state and governance.
Hon. Ali regretted that for the past several months, the lawmakers appeared to have gone to sleep over their roles in checkmating bad governance in the state.
He said, “You are all aware that as members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, we are supposed to be the whistle blowers and conscience of the ordinary man and woman from any part of this state.
“Unfortunately, it has not been so in the past several months, hence the need to reinvigorate the saddle of leadership with a view to injecting a sense of direction and to call to order the ruling party over issues of state and governance.
“Being members of the legislature or principal officers does not invalidate our right to constructive criticism of government in areas it is lacking or showing incapacity.
“Therefore, it is for this and sundry reasons that it has become expedient to focus on the issue of security, SURE-P and such other issues that are relevant.
“Security as you all know has to do with the quality of the state in terms of poverty levels and equality. The security situation in Kaduna State is best understood by studying the statistics that show that while the state is getting richer, our citizens are getting poorer than they have been in recent history.
“A situation where up to 50 percent of the population live on less than N1000 a day is a clear picture of a state of insecurity. This is a universal truth. The lower the level of poverty, the less will be the inequality in such a society and the higher the security risk would be.
“From our observation as honourable members of the State Assembly and citizens of Kaduna State, it is our conclusion that there cannot be security and genuine development without a fair level of equality and a minimised level of poverty amongst the citizenry. What is the state government doing in this direction?
“Poverty, disease, unemployment, homelessness, lack of energy, poor infrastructure, illiteracy, begging and destitution are all aspects of violence and insecurity and a state cannot be said to be on a development path if these abound”.