By Shola Adewunmi
Following the approval of financial autonomy for state legislatures, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who doubles as the Chairman of Conference of Speakers and others who contributed to the issue.
It will be recalled that Buhari recently signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and the judiciary months after Speaker Obasa led a team of his colleagues on a visit to the President at the Aso Rock Villa, where they made the demand.
The Executive Order 10 signed by Buhari makes it compulsory for the 36 states of the federation to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
In his contributions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa Constituency 02, who commended the Speaker, said, “you did not mind that your State had gotten the autonomy and you ensured that this was extended to other States. Your labour has not gone in vain and through you I congratulate other States Houses of Assembly.”,
Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1), while contributing, said that history will never forget Speaker Obasa for the laudable achievement of financial autonomy. “We thank you for making it happen and we thank President Buhari who signed it. This will help both the legislature and the executive,” he said.
Other lawmakers, who spoke showered encomium on both President Buhari and Obasa, saying that the Executive Order 10 is a great thing in the history of democracy in Nigeria.
Responding, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, thanked the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. 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.
“This was achieved through the collaboration of everybody. The benefit of these might not be seen now, but it will be appreciated later in the future. State Governors should not see this as a confrontation. What is next is consultation among the arms of government,” he said.
The Speaker therefore directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to send letters of commendation to President Buhari and others on the matter.