The Kaduna State House of Assembly winded up on Friday after announcing that it passed 56 bills into law since its inauguration in 2011.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon Shehu Usman Tahir, who presided over the valedictory session, said that five other bills were stood down.
He explained that out of the 61 bills introduced before the assembly, 51 were executive bills while 10 were private member bills.
The speaker listed some of the major bills to include those for appropriation, establishment of Bureau of Statistics; Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna State Vigilance Service, Prohibition of Consumption and Sale of Intoxicating Substances, among others.
The lawmaker, who begged the people for forgiveness for whatever lapses that might have occurred during the tenure of the out-going legislators, urged the lawmakers to continue to work in the interest of the state.
Tahir also advised members of the incoming firth Assembly to surpass the record set by their predecessors in providing laws that would advance the cause of the state.
In separate comments, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Peter Adamu, commended the forth assembly for a wonderful performance, while the Minority Leader, Hon Muhammad Ali, commended workers of the assembly for their support and cooperation thus.”
By all intent and purpose, today is a day to be thankful to Allah (SWT) and to be inspired. First, we have much to be thankful for. Here at the Kaduna State Legislature, we have received the best of co-operation and understanding from the entire Management staff, the Committee Clerks and other supporting staff of the Legislature who have in several ways made legislation such an exciting experience for us these past four years.
Fellow Parliamentarians, I want you to know what a great gift it is to be as prepared as we are today, because not all universities offer such an advantage and opportunity as we had. Here, we have had a high degree of Legislative experience and whether you are elected to return or not, you will benefit from what you learned here.
We must also be thankful to our families for bearing with us during the days and weeks of absence particularly when the Assembly is out on oversight functions across the length and breadth of the state. Whatever successes we achieved as an Assembly would not have been possible without the collective support and understanding of our families. To all our wives, we say a very big thank you. We would not have succeeded without them.
I am not unmindful of the few hiccups the Assembly went through when in September 2013 we deemed it right to redirect the prevailing social order within the Legislature, an act that resulted in the first leadership change in the 4th Assembly. I commend All the actors for and against the winds of change because of the maturity both sides exhibited. The Hon House also witnessed another smooth change of leadership from the opposition APC (as it then was) in September 2014 following a rendezvous by members of the opposition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Now, what can we be inspired by today? Personally, I am inspired by our colleague and brother Hon Bala Yunusa who has overcome so much adversity not only to be here with us today but to be the present Deputy Chief of Staff Legislative Matters to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai. Hon. Bala, you have been tenacious and have such great attitude in the face of so many challenges. Congratulations!
I am also inspired by Mr Speaker Rt. Hon Shehu Usman Tahir, my friend Barr. Kantiok Irmiya Ishaku, Hon Yakubu Yusuf, Hon Philemon Usman Gidan Mana and Hon Bitiyong Yakubu Nkom I honour you all for your foresight and commitment to serve the State. Often, on occasions like this, we tend to look outside for Hero’s but I see them right here amongst us. I have seen in my years in this hallowed chamber that we don’t need to look far, for each one of us have the potential to make an inspiring contribution to others by being true to our values and committing ourselves to lofty goals for the common good of all.
As we leave here today, we look forward to how best we can serve our state and assist the incoming Assembly for them to attain what we are able to accomplish these past four years. I urge them to come in prepared to work as a family with a view to moving Kaduna State forward and to also strive to be an inspiration to others who need role models in order to have a footing in life.
Finally Mr Speaker, may I use this opportunity to declare that all those who might have offended me wittingly or unwittingly, I hereby forgive them and also appeal for such gesture from all those I might have offended in one way or the other.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most members who spoke at the valedictory session, sought for forgiveness from the people for whatever they might have done wrong.
They thanked the people for the mandate given them to serve the state for four years.