President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with Chairman Conference of Speakers, Dr Mudashiru Obasa taken before the outbreak of Covid-19, at Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo: Barnabas Hunjo RN.
The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria has described the approval of financial autonomy granted its members by President Muhammadu Buhari as the best Sallah gift.
In a statement, the Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly, Dr Mudashiru Obasa, who is Chairman of Conference of Speakers, said that the body was excited over the action of the President.
“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,” he said.
President Buhari had on Friday evening signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciaries months after Dr Obasa led a team of his colleagues on a visit to the President at the Aso Rock Villa where he made the request.
No doubt, the order would further make state legislatures independent of the executive arm of their various governments, said Dr Obasa, who is a member of the implementation committee on the financial autonomy set up by the President.
According to the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers, the order would also boost healthy competitions among state legislatures in pursuit of advancements and developments.
While commending the members of the implementation committee for putting in their best and meeting its mandate, Dr Obasa urged the various state beneficiaries of the Executive Order by President Buhari to see it as a further push to unite the country and work for its growth, peace and progress.
The Speaker thanked the Nigerian Governors Forum led by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State for its support and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for his roles that eventually resulted in the signing of the order by President Buhari just as he commended his colleagues in the various Houses of Assembly for their steadfastness at all times.
Barnabas Hunjo, Lagos