Give State Legislatures Full Autonomy, Speakers Beg Buhari


The speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly on Thursday called on Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to cause an executive order on the accomplishment of full autonomy for state legislatures.

The demand topped the agenda of the meeting between Buhari and the speakers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, which started at about 11.00 a.m.

The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, of Lagos State led other speakers in the meeting which other agenda was unknown.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Obasa said though the amended 1999 Constitution had incorporated the independence and financial autonomy for state legislatures, it was not being implemented in many states.

He explained that a presidential intervention by way of an executive order would fast track the implementation across the Federation.

“So, we are urging Mr President to intervene and speed up the implementation. We urged the President to come in with an executive order for this implementation to move faster,” Obasa stated.

The speakers also called for the devolution of powers to the states and local governments through a review of the Exclusive Legislative List.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, also attended the meeting.

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