By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria and Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has tasked Speakers of State Legislatures on effective and efficient service delivery, saying that they should be proactive in carrying out their responsibilities as Speaker in their various states.
Obasa said this in his opening remark in a reflective meeting of the Conference of Speakers, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He added “There is the need for all Speakers of State legislature to settle down and look at the nitty gritty of our job as Speakers, having in mind the progress of our dear country within the frame work of our legislative power
He urged his colleagues to get over the celebrations of their victories at the polls and their respective state Houses of Assembly and get to the nitty gritty of delivering service as Speakers of their respective State Legislatures.
While commenting on the purpose of the meeting, Obasa stated that the gathering is to ensure the leaderships of all the recently inaugurated state Houses of Assembly in the country share the same vision and understand the efforts of the Conference of Speakers and agree on a road map moving state parliaments forward towards achieving greater heights in service delivery.
The Speakers’ Chairman stressed “Evidently, this sitting will be an inaugural one for the new Speakers as well as an avenue to intimate you all with what we have been doing particularly concerning the issue of financial autonomy for the State Legislatures in Nigeria and its implemetation”.
Obasa said that the financial stability of State Legislatures is sacrosanct as it is the catalyst for good governance.
He admonished all new Speakers of their commitments to uncommon developments in their various states and by extension Nigeria.
He therefore implored the Speakers to make sure that the wellbeing of the people is paramount in their daily activities.
Obasa stressed “let me remind us of the pending issues that are yet to be resolved like the constitutional amendment that was ongoing during the 8th Assembly in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as State Police. We should all work together in the current Assembly to continue with the process of constitutional amendment, which is geared towards enhancing the wellbeing and improved standard of living of our people”.
He, however, condemned the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreign nationals in South Africa, saying it portends great danger to continental peace.