OrderPaperToday – The Conference of Speakers of State Legislative Assemblies of Nigeria has resolved that that all the State Houses of Assembly should ensure to pass the funds management bill in their respective states for effective implementation of the financial autonomy for the states Legislature and judiciary.
The Speakers also appealed to the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) to exercise restraint and patience noting that their protests in recent times across the country have disrupted the legislative process in the state Houses of Assembly.
The Speakers Conference assured that a committee has been constituted to engage the association with a view to resolving the lingering issues that led to the industrial action.
Recall that PASAN had recently embarked on a nationwide strike action to protest the non-implementation of the financial autonomy Act and Presidential Executive Order 10.
The Speakers Conference also set up a committee to review the country’s constitution with a view to contributing to the ongoing amendment debate.
In a communique read by the Conference Chairman, Abubakar Suleiman, the Speakers urged the Federal Government to implement state and community policing as a strategy against the spate of insecurity troubling the country.
Recall however that the former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekwerenmadu had earlier canvassed for a new national constitution as against continual amendment in line with international best practice.
The conference finally gave kudos to the cordial relationship between the Bauchi State House of Assembly led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Executive arm led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stressing that it is the height of political harmony and good governance which engenders development for the people and the state.
The Speakers Conference was held in Bauchi on Saturday and is held quarterly. It is made of all speakers of the 36 state houses of assembly in Nigeria.
Reporting by Chinonso Kenneth