Yobe Legislators Are Rubber Stamp – Electorates

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By Yahaya WAKILI, Damaturu

Angry electorates from the 17 local government council of Yobe state on Saturday, accuse their legislators of being rubber stamp and tools for promoting underdevelopment in the state. The electorates who also want the legislators to serve Governor Ibrahim Gaidam with impeachment notice in order to regain their confidence said until they (legislators) began to listen to the people and do what the people want, the governor will continue to take advantage of the people by denying them their rights. Speaking to journalists on behalf of the group in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, Mallam Ibrahim Gana said, that most of the members are illiterates, who do not know their right from their left as such, do not know their purpose in the assembly. According to him, even the rice and sugar which is normally being given to electorates during Ramadan fasting was not given out this year because the legislators cannot initiate anything on behalf of their people. He said, “All they know to do is to go to the government house and wait on any instruction that governor would want them to carry out. They have reduced themselves to the governor’s errand boys. We are waiting for them in 2019, since they cannot do any things for us.” “They so reduce themselves to nothing that the governor treats them like his servants. This month he even refused to give them their monthly allowances and none can challenge him. It is a pity that even the diesel for the house generator is not available for them to stay in the office. “It is only in Yobe state that you see members sitting under the tree because there is no light in their office and no money to purchase diesel. The staff in the assembly said, they do not even the typing sheets and other office materials to work with and nobody is saying anything”, he added. Gana said worried by the level of impunity in the state, they have decided to confront their representatives at the
state level to explain to them why they have remained silence on issues that affects the constituency and to demand immediate action or forget that they have a constituency to represent.