By AbdulFatai Beki
Ilorin, Jan. 25, 2021 Former members of the Kwara House of Assembly have canvassed for financial autonomy for the state legislature to enable it perform its constitutional function optimally.
The lawmakers, under the aegis of Forum of Former Members of the Kwara House of Assembly, made the call in llorin on Monday in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting.
The communiqué which was signed by the acting Chairman of the forum, Dr Abraham Ashaolu, and the Secretary, Alhaji lsiaka Magaji, said granting the legislative financial autonomy would allow the lawmakers accomplish their constitutional functions.
“We, hereby call on the governor to respect and effect the Executive Order 10 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to grant financial autonomy and independence to the state House of Assembly.
“We are non-partisan and ready to give useful advice to the state legislature for the well-being of the people of the state,” the communique said.
It added that this initiative had become imperative in view of their wealth of experience and deep concern for further development of the state.
The Forum noted that the legislature was the first to be inaugurated by arrangement and lamented that state legislatures had been relegated to the position of junior partner in governance.
The ex-lawmakers also appealed to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, to abide with the Supreme Court judgement by inaugurating the PDP candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, declared as the winner of the llorin-South Constituency Election.
Naija247news reports that the forum comprises ex lawmakers in the state House of Assembly from the second republic of Oct. 1, 1979 to the present ones whose tenure lapsed on May 29, 2019
An attendance list attached to the communiqué indicated that 41 members of the Forum, including three former speakers of the House attended the meeting.