The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, and the Vice-Chairman of Conference of Speakers, South-west zone, Hon. Adewale Omirin, has called on state legislatures in the country to support the ongoing effort at ensuring financial autonomy for state assemblies.
Omirin made the call while receiving members of the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) who paid him a visit in Ado-Ekiti. The SAVI delegation were in Ekiti State as part of its tour of states in the South-west geo-political zone to sensitise members of the
legislature on the need to support the ongoing constitution amendment aimed at granting financial autonomy to the legislative arm of government in the country.
He said the 1999 constitution of Nigeria prescribed the principle of separation of powers between the legislature, executive and the
judiciary, hence financial autonomy would fully guarantee the independent of the legislature.
According to him, dependence of the legislature on the executive may result in inefficiency, noting that financial autonomy for the state
assemblies would ensure effective discharge of the constitutional roles of the legislature.
The Ekiti Speaker advocated proper procedure for the removal of presiding officers of Houses of Assembly in the nation’s constitution.
He said proper procedure in removing speakers and other officers of state assemblies would guarantee a stable legislature.
Also, the Speaker of the Osun State House of assembly, Hon. Nojeem Salam, who was in Ado-Ekiti as part of the visit, expressed support for financial autonomy for the legislative arm of government. He said financial autonomy would guarantee the position of the legislature in the constitution.
His Ondo State counterpart, Hon. Adesina Samuel Ajayi, described as an aberration for an arm of government to depend on another one, despite constitutional provisions. The Ondo Speaker said the citizenry stands to benefit more from financial autonomy for the legislature.
According to him, civil and political rights of the people would be enhanced if the legislature does not wholly depend on the executive
arm of government.