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Group rate Kwara legislators, unveil key findings

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A national project for the assessment of legislators performance in Nigeria known as Legislative Watch has been piloted in Kwara State by a leading Pro Democracy Group, Kwara Must Change.

Legislative Watch is a professional and apolitical rating of legislators based on verifiable standard that is inline with global best standard.

Kwara Must Change partner with Grand Plan Enterprise, a research and communication firm to develop the assessment mechanism over a year ago and it deligently produced the report with adequate information to all Kwara legislators.

In a statement by Convener of Kwara Must Change, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, the group in partnership with Grand Plan commenced the development of Legislative Watch as a standard assessment of Legislators in Kwara State, both at the Kwara State House of Assembly, Federal House of Representatives and at the Senate.

“Ahead of the official release of the novel and maiden edition of Legislative Watch, whose date shall be communicated in due time, we are proud to release the key findings of our first year assessment of Kwara Legislators” he said

Hamzat explained that, more than 90% members of the state assembly score below average, signifying worsening state of legislative understanding, while more than 80% members of federal house of Representatives also scored below average.

Legislative Watch key findings indicates that, quality representation, legislative advancement, executive oversight and and constituency project are key element of legislative engagement and based on the above criteria, Distinguish Senator Sadiq Umar, from Kwara North senatorial district emerged as most performing lawmaker in Kwara State.

Hon Bio Omar from Baruten/Kiaiama federal constituency and Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Danladi Salihu emerged as most performing member of federal house of Representatives and Kwara State House of Assembly respectively.

Similarly, Hon Yekini Alajagusi from Ilorin West/Asa, Hon Tijanni Ismaila from Offa/Oyun and Ifelodun federal constituency and Hon Abdulganiyu Cook Olododo from Ilorin South/East emerged as least performing lawmakers from Kwara State.

Legislative Watch also discovered that, most members of Kwara State House of Assembly have limited understanding of legislative engagement and the deputy speaker of the house, Rt Hon Raphael Adetiba and 9 others emerged as least performing members of the house.


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