Lagos Assembly implores Govs to implement autonomy of Judiciary

Lagos Assembly implores Govs to implement autonomy of Judiciary

The Lagos Assembly has urged state governors to implement the Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, granting autonomy to state legislature and judiciary.

This was the house’s resolution on a motion moved under Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Mr Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa II), at the plenary on Tuesday, April 27.

1st News also reports that the Lagos Assembly moved the motion against the backdrop of the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN); and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).

The strike was a sequel to the non-implementation of the Executive Order by the state governors.

The lawmakers said that the striking workers were pushed to the walls, leading to the strike.

They, however, urged the governors to implement the judiciary and legislature autonomy in full scale, according to the provision of the Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

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Yishawu, moving the motion, commended the former governors in Lagos State; for implementing and sustaining the financial autonomy of the judiciary and legislative arms of government.

“We want to commend all the governors that have served in Lagos State from 1999 to date; including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, and Akinwunmi Ambode.

“Also, the incumbent Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for implementing as well as sustaining financial autonomy of the legislature; and the judiciary in the state.

“We want to commend PASAN and JUSUN for standing by democracy through their peaceful strike.

“Also, we want to urge the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures to have the political will to defend their autonomy,” he said.
Yishawu said the strike was beyond money but was about the need to uphold the tenets of democracy.

Contributing, Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere I- APC), commended the state government and the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly; for ensuring that the state enjoyed autonomy.

Elliot said that JUSUN and PASAN were right on their decision to embark on strike; also adding that lack of autonomy would weaken the other arms of government.

Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, however, thanked the lawmakers in the assembly, PASAN, as well as JUSUN for their love for democracy.

Obasa also thanked the lawmakers that served in the Lagos assembly; when the bill on the autonomy of the state assembly was passed.

“Devolution of power and restructuring should start from home. If that is not done, it will be wrong; to start telling the Federal Government to share power with the states.

“We appeal to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to start working on the autonomy for the legislature and the judiciary,” he said.

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