The Kogi State coordinator of National Democratic Movement (NDM), a civil society group, Femi Melaye has called on the new speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yomi Kolawole Mathew not to act against the interest of his people.
Melaye, while reacting to the statement credited to the Speaker as saying unpaid Kogi State civil servants are the cause of their problem, said the posturing is unacceptable.
“This statement is uncalled for and totally unacceptable, especially when it is coming from the Speaker who is supposed to be seen as the voice of the people.
“If truly this is the path he has chosen to tread, then we are in trouble in Kogi State”, he said.
He further explained that a part of the statement was capable of rubbishing the integrity of the former Chairman of Kabba-Bunu local government council, Hon. Nathaniel Taiwo.
“We all know how Hon. Nathaniel Taiwo worked tirelessly to bring sanctity to the system while he was serving as the chairman and because of his good works he was able to win the State House of Assembly election. So, it will be very unfair for the Speaker, who was graciously given the privilege to serve under him, to make bad reference of Nathaniel Taiwo’s administration. And if such thing was happening under the Speaker’s watch, one would expect that he report the situation to the then chairman which he never did”, he added.
Melaye called on the speaker to use his position to work for the overall interest of the people as no position is permanent.
He said, “I want to appeal to the Speaker to please withdraw this statement and use his position to effect positive changes in the lives of the people, because this same people has being with him from day one of his political career, as no position is permanent. Yesterday, he was supervisory counselor, today he is the speaker so no one knows what is ahead. Where are the smokes of yesteryear!”