Financial autonomy: Akwa Ibom Speaker cautions colleagues in other 35 states against financial rascality

Posted by News Express | 24 May 2020 | 872 times

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•Speaker Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey


The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Aniekan Bassey has cautioned his fellow speakers of the other 35 state houses assemblies over legislative financial autonomy.

The speaker called on his colleagues to see the signing into law an amended autonomy to state Assemblies and the judiciary by President Muhammadu Buhari, granting financial autonomy to the legislative and judicial arms of government across the country as a panacea towards the smooth conduct of government businesses within the three arms government.

Bassey gave this advice on Saturday in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Emmanuel Effiong and made available to News Express.

The speaker also called on his colleagues not to see the financial autonomy granted the 36 states' legislatures as an avenue for legislative rascality but as a means for more co-operation of powers amongst the tripod in the realm of governance

He stated these while reacting to the amended law signed on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari, which grants  financial autonomy to the 36 states' legislature and judiciary.

"The financial autonomy granted to the two arms oof government does not call for ego-tripping nor is it for muscle flexing with the executive arm of government.

"It is meant for co-operation  of power amongst the tripod.

It is also meant to re-position governance in the three arms of government where each arm works assiduously in changing the social, political and economic narratives of our people," he said.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the bold initiative to strengthen the apparatchik of government throughout the country, Speaker Bassey noted that the three arms of government must as a matter of necessity, continue to  co-operate and  collaborate with one another towards effective service delivery to the overall benefit of the people of Nigeria.

He maintained that there is also the urgent need for all the three arms of government to continue to synergize in a bid to address the numerous socio/economic challenges facing the people.

Source: News Express

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