Nasarawa State House of Assembly Mute on Local Government Autonomy Set For Public Hearing

Nasarawa state house of Assembly to hear from the public before taking position on local Government Autonomy and independent Candidature.

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has resolved to subject the call for local government autonomy and independent candidature to public hearing before taking a position.

It, however approved the amendment of 12 different laws in the 1999 Constitution out of 15 forwarded to it by the National Assembly for its input.The assembly tactically rejected local government autonomy act by deferring the three bills for public hearing.

The positions were taken following extensive deliberations by the lawmakers.

The speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who disclosed this at the plenary in Lafia, said the house had approved 12 out of the 15 alterations as requested by the National Assembly.

Abdullahi said the items adopted included financial autonomy for state houses of assembly, political age limit for president to be reduced from 40 to 35 years, change of name of the Nigeria Police Force to Nigeria Police, reflect the establishment and core functions of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and reduce the period within which the president/governor will authorise the withdrawal of funds from the consolidated revenue in the absence of appropriation act from six to three months among others.

He said, “The 1999 Constitution, if amended, would go a long way in promoting good governance as well as give every Nigerian a sense of belonging for the socio-economic development of the country.

“We want to assure Nigerians of our support towards the constitutional amendment for good governance and speedy development of the country.”

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While urging Nigerians to support the government for the interest of peace and national development, Balarabe-Abdullahi said that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly would continue to enact laws and pass resolutions that would have positive impact on the lives of the people.

Source:Daily Trust

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