State Legislature and Judiciary seek full implementation of autonomy 

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Conference of State Legislatures of Nigeria is seeking a speedy implementation of the autonomy for States Legislature and the judiciary.

Chairman of the Forum and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa made the Call on behalf of his colleagues, while briefing Journalists after a courtesy call on President Muhammmadu Buhari at the State House on Thursday.

Executive order
Obasa says the Speakers want the President to issue an executive order on full implementation of autonomy of the two arms of government.

“You will all recall that the constitution was amended during the first term of President Buhari and among the items that were amended, one particular one that had to do with the independence of the legislature and judiciary was also one of the things we discussed with the President.

“We urged him to see to the success of that exercise, though it has been signed into law by the President but implementation is yet to take place and we want the President to ensure that it is implemented by all the States of the federation,” he said.

                        The Legislators in group photograph with President Buhari.

More economic power
The Chairman said the Speakers’ Forum also wants a review of the exclusive and legislative lists, in order to give more economic powers to States.

“We also talked about the devolution of economic powers to the States level by looking at the concurrent list and exclusive list. We want more assignments to be given to the States by adjusting both items, so that we can improve on the economy at that level.

We believe that when the States have more responsibility, they will do more in terms of security, railway, energy and many other things that will have positive impact on the people and the national economy,” Obasa stated.

He stressed the meeting with the President looked into the poor state of roads across the country, as well as how to improve education and healthcare delivery.

Commenting on the purported rift between the Lagos State House of Assembly and former Governor of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode, the Speaker said the legislators don’t have a personal issue of with the former Governor rather, they want to correct mistakes of the past, to bequeath a good future for upcoming generations.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere