Conference of speakers seeks financial autonomy for state assemblies

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UYO – The Conference Speakers State Legislatures Nigeria, at the end of its 2014 retreat, sought for financial autonomy for state Houses of Assembly the country.

This is contained a communique issued Uyo on Sunday and signed by Mr Eugene Odo, Speaker the State House Assembly and Chairman, Committee on communique.

According to the communique, the autonomy enable assemblies to be effective and efficient the discharge of legislative duties.

“The importance of financial autonomy for the state houses of assembly for the effective and efficient discharge of legislative duties was brought to the fore.

“And the state lawmakers reiterated commitments towards ensuring the passage of the clauses as related to the autonomy of state legislature in the ongoing constitution amendment,’’ stated.

The conference called on the to expedite action on the ongoing process of constitution amendment and transmit same to state assemblies for further legislative actions.

also appealed to state lawmakers to ensure stability in the polity and entrenchment of by avoiding frequent and unconstitutional change of leadership of the assemblies.

sought for an amendment in the Electoral Act and promulgation of impact legislation to ensure stability in the country.

The conference advised state lawmakers and the members of to engage in the legislative practice of lobbying with caution with a view to avoiding corrupt tendencies.

The conference affirmed its support for in the fight against terrorism and urged Nigerians to unite and restore peace in the country.

The retreat was attended by speakers from the 36 houses of assembly with its theme: “Legislature as an instrument of stability in democratic governance.” (NAN)