We want full autonomy for state legislatures, lawmakers tell Buhari

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Speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order on the implementation of full autonomy for state legislatures.

The lawmakers made the demand during a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly and Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa led the delegation of state lawmakers.

Also present at the meeting were Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Obasa said though the amended 1999 Constitution had incorporated the independence and financial autonomy for state legislatures, it was not being implemented in many states.

He explained that a presidential intervention by way of an executive order would fast-track the implementation across the Federation.

“So, we are urging the President to intervene and speed up the implementation.

“We urged the President to come in with an executive order for this implementation to move faster,” Obasa stated.

The speakers also called for the devolution of powers to the states and local governments through a review of the Exclusive Legislative List.

The agenda of the meeting is yet to be made public.




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