Constitutional Amendment: Kaduna Assembly Steps Down LG Autonomy

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By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna

Kaduna State House of Assembly has on Thursday 8th February, 2018 stepped-down the local government autonomy for further legislative action  but approved the Financial  Legislative Autonomy.

This followed a letter  brought to the House from the National Assembly requesting its approval of the fourth alterations of the  Nigeria 1999 Constitution.

The Assembly approved  nine  of the alterations, stepped-down two and rejected four from the proposed amendments sent in by the National Assembly.

The  sitting which  was presided by Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali  said the  alterations include financial autonomy to state assemblies, local government autonomy, removal of “force”, from Nigeria Police Force, reduction of age for qualification to political offices, independent candidature in elections among others.

He further explained that two of the alterations that were step-down which are, the local government autonomy and the stregthen of local government administration in Nigeria  will be subjected to further study.

Some of the alterations  rejected includes ,independent candidature in election, period in which the president or state governor will lay the approriation bill before the national Assembly or state Assembly ,also an act to provide for procedure for passing a constitution Alterations bill were president withholds assents.

Others include the reduction of period within  which the president or the governor of a state may authorize the withdrawal of monies from the consolidated revenue fund in the absence of an appropriation act from 6 months to three months.

Speaking shortly after the plenary chairman House committee on information Mr Nuhu Shadalafiya  stressed that if state assemblies  are autonomous the affairs and matters related to would be handled effectivelƴ.

Shadalafiya said stepping down the local government autonomy in the proposed amendment  does not mean it’ has been rejected rather it’s implies that there is  need to back into the details of amendment so as to make corrections were its needed.

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