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POST EMERGENCY POLITICS OF WESTERN REGION OF NIGERIA (1963-1966)

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POST EMERGENCY POLITICS OF WESTERN REGION OF NIGERIA (1963-1966) THE ORIGIN OF WILD, WILD, WEST & HOW HON. MEMBERS SOMETIMES NEVER REMEMBERED TO COLLECT THEIR ALLOWANCES In line with its policy of digging into the past for events that could guide the shaping of the future, TERRIFIC HEADLINES, this weekend, brings for your reading pleasure, an account of conduct of Government business in the post emergency Western Region of Nigeria; a period that bred the‘’WILD, WILD, WEST’’. In this report, Deputy Speaker of the Western Region House of Assembly, Chief S.T. Adelegan describes the House as the best ever, how the tag ‘’Wild, Wild West’’ and how Hon. Members sometimes worked and forgot they had allowances to collect in the Parliamentary democracy. On 1st January, 1963, Chief S. L. Akintola formed the Government of Western Nigeria. There were major changes in the structure of the post-emergency government.  One of such changes was the carving out of the Mid-West Region from the old Western Region.  That is to say, the old Benin Province, which was part of the West, had been carved out.  The West was purely West and the government was purely Yoruba.  The effect of this was that, there had to be reduction in the number of the Members in the House.  We now had 86 as against the former 120 members.  Also, the cabinet was restructured. There was no longer a Minister for Mid-West Affairs.  Alhaji D. S. Adegbenro, who had been Minister for Local Government in the previous government now became Leader of Opposition in the Western House of Assembly. The position of Deputy Premier was also created and Chief Remi Fani-Kayode became the Deputy Premier.  The Governor was also replaced.  Chief J. O. Fadahunsi became the new Governor in place of Oba AdesojiAderemi, the Ooni of Ife.  The Governor performed ceremonial duties. On ceremonial days, he presided at functions. He also presided on occasions that cut across party consideration. The Premier presided over cabinet meetings.  He was the Head of Government.  He had the responsibility of awarding portfolios to the Ministers and he led Government business in the House.  All-important details of governance were handled by him on the floor of the House.  In short, he had both Legislative and Executive powers in the Parliamentary form of Government.  He himself was a representative and elected Member of the House. He was not elected directly by the…

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