Friday 19 December 2014

New constitution gives financial autonomy to State Houses of Assembly

The face of the new constitution being awaited by Nigerians finally unfolded Friday with the submission of the output of the state houses of assembly votes on amendments to the 1999 Constitution transmitted to them by the National Assembly on October 28.

Although details of the votes are still sketchy, Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Samuel Ikon, said they secured the required two-thirds majority of the 36 state legislatures for the provision of financial autonomy for the houses of assembly.

He also disclosed, while submitting the report, that state legislatures succeeded in securing more than the required two-thirds to seal the amendment for the separation of the Office of the Minister of Justice from that of the Attorney General of the Federation.

Credit: Omololu Ogunmade/ThisDay

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