- Conference of states speakers has reacted after a financial autonomy was granted to the state assemblies by President Muhammadu Buhari
- Chairman of the conference, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of Lagos, described the approval as the best Sallah gift from the president
- Hon Obasa emphasised that the financial freedom will further entrench the independence of the state legislative arms
Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria has sent a gratitude message following President Muhammadu Buhari's approval of financial autonomy to the state legislature, saying the move is the best Sallah gift.
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari announced the decision via an executive order 10 signed on Friday, May 22.
The order henceforth makes it compulsory for the 36 states to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
Reacting to the approval through a statement on Saturday, May 23, obtained by Legit.ng, Hon. Mudasiru Obasa, the chairman of the conference, described the gesture as one that will make the legislature independent and provocative as a major arm of government.
"This is the best gift the President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, has given the legislative arms of state governments at this Sallah. And coming at the end of the Ramadan, it means God truly answered the prayers of the member state legislatures through the President," Obasa noted.
"No doubt, this order will further make state legislatures independent of the executive arm of their various governments.
"It would also boost healthy competitions among state legislatures in pursuit of advancements and developments."
The Lagos speaker, who noted that the approval was made months after leading his colleagues to President Buhari, also thanked Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and attorney-general of the federation Abubakar Malammi for their role in the ensuring that the autonomy was finally granted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari has appointed professor Godswill Obioma as the new registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Obioma, who replaced the recently sacked Charles Uwakwe, was Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi state.
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