Speaker tasks Buhari on legislatures’ autonomy

Najeem Salaam

Najeem Salaam

The speaker of Osun  state House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the constitutional amendment that accommodates autonomy of state Houses of Assembly.

Speaking at a closing segment of the Legislative Retreat of Kwara State House of Assembly held in Ede, Osun Ssate yesterday Salaam stressed that, for the training and special skill acquisition on legislative matter to attain level of practicality, the autonomy must be obtained.

He said, “If a state parliament is self-accounting, the chances are high that checks and balance contemplated by the framers of democracy would be attained, but if a parliament would rely on executive for funding, then we should know that independence is redefined.”

Salaam then expressed his optimism on the preparedness of the state legislatures across the federating units of the country, saying more than two third majority of the state assemblies endorsed the autonomy at the last constitutional amendment.

The speaker who urged caution in frequent changes of the leadership in Houses of Assembly in the country advised lawmakers to halt the habitual haste of changing leadership of the parliament stressing that it creates undue instability and consequently affect smooth legislative duties.

According to him, “Another sore point in the weakness of legislature is incessant changing of leadership and until we halt the trend, the executive would continue to take the advantage of the situation, and we would not blame it for supporting a trend that keeps its interest, because this is politics.”

He urged the electorate to be magnanimous to the legislators by re-electing them pointing out that such would reduce cost of training and retraining of lawmakers.
To him, “if we have our lawmakers re-elected time and time over again, the cost of training new lawmakers would be saved, and the system would be better for it, because of the experience that would have been acquired along the line, but if we keep on changing the lawmakers, then we have to keep on training at expensive rate.”

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