Friday, 2 March 2018

Constitutional Amendment: CRSHA and 8 others voted for LG Autonomy

| 2 March 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

The Cross River State House of Assembly has been listed among the Nine state Houses of Assembly who gave a nod to the Local Government Autonomy bill as proposed by the National Assembly in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
However, the bill could not scale through because Twenty-seven State Houses of Assembly rejected the clause for local government autonomy. Meanwhile each of the alterations as proposed by NASS needed about Twenty-four state house to vote a "yes" for it to scale  through.
That is to say only nine of the 36 state houses of assembly endorsed the clause already approved by the National Assembly.
The nine states include: Ogun, Ondo, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Cross River, Kwara and Bayelsa.
Speaking at the Transition Ceremony yesteday at Abuja, the Senate President Bukola Saraki has expressed regret over the non-participation of Lagos and Rivers States in the ongoing exercise.
Although details of the approved and rejected clauses were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, it was learnt that out of the 29 clauses sent to the state assemblies, those accepted include financial autonomy for state legislatures as well as the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill which reduces the age limit for political aspirants seeking elective offices.
Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly and Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Abulmumin Kamba, called on the National Assembly to revisit the bill on devolution of powers to state assemblies earlier rejected by the apex legislative chamber.
"We believe every proposed amendment transmitted to the state houses of Assembly by the National Assembly for ratification reflects the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. The voting out of the bill on devolution of powers by the National Assembly has been strongly condemned by the people at the grassroots.
"Therefore, on behalf of the constituents, we want to plead that the Bill on devolution of powers be reconsidered and form part of the next proposed amendments to the constitution," he said.