Abuja - The National Chairman of Nigeria
Association of State Legislators (NASAL), Kassim Mohammed Kassim, has urged his
colleagues across the country to endorse legislative autonomy.
Kassim, who is also the member representing Akwanga South
at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said such a system would enhance the
performance of legislators.
“It is the only way we can perform our legislative
duties effectively,” Kassim said.
He said leaving the legislative arm of government under
the control of the executive negated the principles of separations of powers
and had always hindered lawmaking at various state assemblies.
“It is important for the legislature at the state level
to be independent for us to be able to perform our duties effectively,"
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"...or else, all claims to checking the excesses of
the executive would be just theoretical."
He argued the legislature could not function efficiently
without being autonomous.
"Autonomy will prevent the tyranny of any arm of
government as the legislature would be fully disposed to deliver on its
mandate," Kassim said.
“Autonomy will prevent justice from becoming arbitrary
and capricious. Without autonomy, there will be apprehension, even abuse cannot
be ruled out."
NASAL is mobilising its members to ensure that states
Houses of Assembly and legislative arms of local governments councils secured autonomy.
Kassim also appealed to the Constitution Review
Committee to give priority attention to their quest.
- CAJ News