The Kogi House of Assembly has approved the tenure extension of local government Administrators in the state.
This is the second time the state lawmakers are doing so this year.
The action of the lawmakers was prompted by a letter from Governor Yahaya Bello that was read by the Speaker, Matthew Kolawole.
According to the letter, the Governor stated “the paucity of funds and insecurity as responsible for the inability of the state to conduct elections into the Local Government Areas.”
The tenure of the Local Government Transition Committee had earlier expired on May 5th 2017, but had been extended by the House to November 5th, following the adoption and approval of a similar letter from the governor.
The latest approval extends the tenure of the Administrators to April 5th, 2018.
Deliberating on the matter, Kekere Sanni (APC Okehi), who supported it, explained that reasons adduced by the Executive were enough to endorse the request, in view of its necessity.
However, John Abba (APC-Ibaji), reminded his colleagues that N450million was appropriated for the conduct of local government polls in the 2017 Budget, and wondered why the Executive failed to conduct the exercise.
Sani urged his colleagues to promote and protect democracy at all times, saying that the appointment of Caretaker Committees to lead local governments was an illegality.
“We should approve this request but make it clear to the Executive that it will be the last, we must tell the Executive that we can no longer continue in illegality. No more extension.
“We must sound it clear to everyone that election must be conducted within the period,” he said.
In their separate contributions, the Majority leader, Bello Abdullahi-Hassan (APC-Ajaokuta) and Linus Eneche (APC-Olamaboro), urged their colleagues to approve the request to avoid a vacuum in the running of local governments.
Sunday Shigaba (PDP-Bassa) in his contribution, challenged the legislators to always strive to avoid illegality.
“It has become practically impossible for the state government to conduct elections but whether we like it or not, we cannoy continue like this. We must strive to install democratic governance in the local governments,” he said.