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,"
"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