The 8th legislature of the Kwara State House of Assembly finally adjourned indefinitely at the weekend, with a valedictory session.
The session was an occasion for outpour of emotions and encomiums on the leadership qualities of the outgoing Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, by serving and former members as well as former Speakers Babatunde Mohammed and Benjamin Ezekiel Issa and oldest ex lawmaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Alaro.
Outgoing members and former lawmakers who spoke after one another described the 8th legislature under the watch of Dr Ali Ahmad, as the best legislature, and one of the most vibrant state legislatures in the country.
In his view, the only All Progressives Congress (APC)member and returning legislator, Hon Saheed Popoola who is representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency, said: “I will continue to emulate your leadership quality and represent what you stand for, because you are an exemplary and different Speaker who is ready to sacrifice his comfort and position for the well-being of his members, irrespective of party affiliations.
Other members also noted with delight that the 8th legislature under his watch had surpassed the achievements of past legislatures in the passage of bills, private member bills, Resolutions on Motions and interventions which, according to them, had direct impact on the lives of the people of the state and enjoined the incoming 9th assembly to consolidate on the feat.
They equally urged the new administration in the state to ensure continuation of programmes and policies of the previous administration initiated by the law makers like the state Health Insurance Scheme, financial autonomy for the House of Assembly, People with Disability law and Freedom of Information Law and others which according to them, will help to improve quality of governance in the state.
In their submissions, the former Speakers, Babatunde Mohammed, Ezekiel Benjamin Yisa, who was represented by Hon. AbdulKareem Ayinde and oldest former member, Alhaji Abdullahi Alaro described the valedictory session as celebration of the best House of Assembly in Nigeria, who had not compromise their mandates as true representatives of the people.
They observed with delight that the passage of 47 people- oriented bills, financial autonomy for legislative arm of government and establishment of Assembly Service Commission among others during the outgoing 8th legislature as great feats which according to them, had uplifted the standard of legislation in the state.
Responding, the Speaker, who extolled the virtues of each member, attributed the success recorded to the support of the press, resourcefulness of Staff under the leadership of the Clerk, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi and unity of purpose, love, understanding, maturity and commitment manifested by members and enjoined incoming lawmakers to sustain the tempo, to improve quality of governance in the state.