Reps move to grant states assemblies financial autonomy

Reps move to grant states assemblies financial autonomy
The House of Representatives on Wednesday took a major step towards granting state assemblies financial autonomy as a bill seeking to  further alter the country’s constitution to allow the third tier of government made it to second reading.At the end of a plenary session presided over by its Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the House  referred the Bill to its Special Ad-hoc Committee on constitution Review for further legislative action.
A similar  in 2010 when an attempt was made to grant financial autonomy to the 36 state assemblies via constitutional amendment suffered a setback as it did not make it through.
Meanwhile the House Committee on Constitutional Review has said it did not receive any proposal from President Goodluck Jonathan seeking the removal of immunity clause for state governors from the constitution.
Chairman of its sub-committee on media, Hon. Eziuche Ubani, who briefed the media said the clarification became necessary following the contestation from the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on the planned move by Jonathan.
“This is not the first time we have had such reaction on the likely removal from the Governor’s Forum. There is nothing before this committee on that. We have not gotten proposals from the president. So we don’t know what anybody is reacting to”
He said that the review committee would be people-oriented in when given consideration to the proposal if presented to it.