Speakers seeks support of Senate in implementation of financial autonomy


By Oluwaseun Sonde, Abuja.

The Speakers of State House of Assembly had paid visit to the National Assembly to seek the support of the leadership in the implementation of financial autonomy for State Houses of Assembly as contained in the amended 1999 Constitution.

President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan received in audience, Speakers of State House of Assembly who came on a courtesy visit. The Speakers were led by the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborowheri in Abuja on Thursday.

Hon Oborowheri called on the National Assembly leadership to intervene by asking the President to issue an Executive Order mandating the implementation of the provision.

Responding, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan thanked the Speakers for the visit and said this is the first of its kind.

He said the visit should be often and regular so that the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly can engage more frequently especially on issues that concerns both of them.

Dr Ahmad Lawan said the need for the collaboration is important as the National Assembly will soon constitute a Constitution review committee where it will be needing the input of the State legislators.

On the issue of financial autonomy, Dr Ahmad Lawan said the leadership of the National Assembly will intervene on the issue by interfacing with the governors.

On the issues of the financial autonomy, he said there is no need for an Executive Order because financial autonomy for state legislators is a constitutional provision which supercedes an Executive Order.