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Speaker encourages autonomous assemblies

23 October 2015, 08:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged State Houses of Assembly to support moves to grant them financial autonomy.

The speaker made the calling during a meeting with members of the Bauchi state House of Assembly in his Abuja office.

He said democracy was facing serious threat at the grassroot as a result of lack of independence for the local governments.

“There is no meaning to independence of you are not financially independent. Slaves dont build societies, only free men do," said Dogara.

"The only authority for oversight in the state is the state assembly, but when we transmitted the proposal for amendment to the state assemblies they rejected it,” Dogara said.

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He lamented that in the last four years tenure, "trillions of Naira" were allocated to states and local governments but there were no projects commensurate with the money they received.

“I am not indicting you but speaking to your conscience, our feeling is that there has not been appropriate and effective oversight by the state legislatures,” he said.

The speaker preached unity among leaders.

“I am calling on leaders to rise beyond our differences, unite and deliver dividend of democracy to the people."

- CAJ News


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