El Rufai advocates financial autonomy for legislature

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

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By Hussaina Yakubu

Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday, advocated autonomy for the legislature, hence an Executive Bill will be sent to Kaduna State House of Assembly soon.

“Our Bill will go to the House and I hope it will be passed very quickly so that we can put in place the necessary framework as soon as possible,” he told newsmen.

He said that the move was to enable the legislature to function more effectively and efficiently.

The news conference was held on the sidelines of the ongoing 8th edition of the National and State Assembly Service Commissions conference holding in Kaduna.

“It is our duty to preserve our democracy and work consciously to develop it. And part of that development is granting the legislature financial autonomy,’’ the governor said.

He stressed that the executive arm of government in Kaduna state had always been supporting the legislature.

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“Kaduna State House of Assembly will tell you that we have great respect for their financial autonomy and solvency,’’ he said.

El-Rufai said the agitation by states Houses of Assembly for financial autonomy was “a welcome development”.

Meanwhile, the governor said that governments must develop the legislature and this could only be done through better funding and sharing of ideas.

According to him, the Kaduna conference would enable all states assemblies’ service commissions to brainstorm and proffer better strategies to support the legislature.’’

“I call on my colleague governors not to be scared of anything but to do what is right and things will work better in the interest of everyone.

“We are elected to serve the public and not to protect our interests,’’ El-Rufai stressed.