- The Ebonyi state House of Assembly have been charged to insists on its independence
- The charge was given to the legislative house by a political activist, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu
- The activist said his call was a result of his observation that the Ebonyi House of Assembly was being intimidated by the state government
A political activist, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, has called on members of the Ebonyi House of Assembly to always stand for and encourage what is right in its dealings with the government and people of the state.
Oluchukwu made the call in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, November 3.
He said his call was a result of his observation that the Ebonyi House of Assembly was being intimidated by the state government.
According to him, the recent quick passage of the 2020 budget was in favour of some interests in the state, stressing that it was passed without thorough deliberation by the House of Assembly members and cannot serve the people of Ebonyi right.
While urging the state lawmakers to put the general interest of the state at heart, Oluchukwu also lamented the lack of autonomy for the lawmakers.
He faulted the idea of state house of assemblies depending on the executive, adding that i enables state governors to control the lawmakers anyhow.
Part of the statement read: “The purpose of the House of Assembly is to provide oversight on the executive and ensures that all actions and inactions of the government are guided by the laws and regulations promulgated by the legislature.
“When it comes to law making, the House of Assembly must ensure the laws are passed with the positive interest of Ebonyians at heart.
“Unfortunately, the case is different in Ebonyi, as the House of Assembly only ply their trades around where the executive domicile.
“They have all been compromised and have left the interest of the wonderful people of Ebonyi in limbo. Democracy seems to have lost its core values in just a very short time in Ebonyi.
“I urge the state House of Assembly to carry out their duties with integrity. They were elected to serve the people and not compromise their offices in favour of the executive.”
Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has stated that true federalism is the best option for Nigeria.
Adams urged the federal government to use the resolution of the 2014 National Conference, as well as the 1960-1963 Republican constitution as templates for restructuring.
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