By Lateef Ibrahim
The Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Woke Oke has described the continued sustainability of the parliamentary system of government at the local government level in Osun State as chaotic and an express invitation to anarchy with subsequent arrest of development at the grassroots.
Hon. Oke, who is representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, in lower chamber of the National Assembly, stated further that the system is a flagrant rape on the constitution of the nation which clearly spells out the mode of administering all the levels of government.
The Federal lawmaker, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, disclosed that the current system of government at the local government council level in the state is an aberration which should be dispensed with without further delay.
Oke stated further that it is not a gainsaying that the parliamentary system of government under the country’s presidential system of government is a misnornal which has been brewing crises upon crises across the length and breadth of the state.
The lawmaker observed that the contextual provision of the constitution is not in agreement with the law of the land which makes it a mere criminal approach to governance with impunity.
According to Oke, who is a ranking member of the House of Representatives, “Osun State is a common patrimony of both the living and the next generations. This is the reason why it’s important for us not to create an avenue for the future generations of the indigenes of our dear state to issue us a query we won’t be able to answer with the deserved patriotism.
“The system (parliamentary) is an affront to the Federal Government. There should be uniformity of purpose in the system of government.
“As it is the case in Osun State today, governance at the local government level is a bundle of confusion which is not doing the citizenry any good. If the Federal Government has favoured paliamentary system of government, such would have been the grundnorm of our constitution”, he stated.
Oke however vowed that he would do everything legally possible to ensure that the local government administration in the state is not run outside the provision of the nation’s constitution.
The member of the National Assembly queried that if the lopsided system of government is so popular and beneficial, why is it that none of the other states making up the nation has deemed it fit to copy it.
Oke therefore enjoined the state House of Assembly in conjunction with the state Executive to ensure a speedy reversal of the obnoxious and anti-developmental system of government in order not to bungle the spread of dividends of democracy statewide.
He pointed out that the position of the nation’s Constitution is clear on this issue as it is enshrined in Section 1(3) which says,,”If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution, the constitution shall prevail and other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void”.