Senator Godiya Akwashiki, (APC – Nasarawa North), showed support for state judicial financial autonomy which triggered crises recently adding that good governance at the state-level would be impossible without financial autonomy.
The Senator disclosed this in a meeting with newsmen on Friday in Lafia, adding that the introduction of financial autonomy would improve Nigeria’s institutional democratic process.
“Let the state Houses of Assembly be independent and let them have financial autonomy, just like the National Assembly,” he said
“You cannot have an assertive, productive assembly without financial autonomy as it will enhance good governance and strengthen democracy in the country. As a legislator, you cannot have development in your constituency without the cooperation of the executive. You must work together as partners in progress,” he added.
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Nairametrics reported earlier this week that the Governors’ Forum, Conference of Speakers of State Legislature and other governance stakeholders announced that they reached a resolution over the implementation of financial autonomy for State Legislature and Judiciary.
“The issue is about implementation. There has been no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomy.
As a matter of fact, it would not have passed if governors were not in support in the first instance. So, that issue has been fully and holistically addressed,” Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said.