The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly has said that Delta State is one of the few states in Nigeria that have become good reference points on the implementation of financial autonomy for states legislature and judiciary.
He made the statement while delivering a goodwill message during the opening ceremony of the 2021 Third Quarter General Meeting of the Conference which takes place at Event Centre, Asaba, Delta State, today.
The Chairman explained that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the implementation of financial autonomy for both the state legislature and judiciary as granted by the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is commendable.
“We are however not surprise at your passion and support for the independence of these arms of government. Your Excellency, being a senator of the federal republic, you have simply demonstrated through your rich experience that one of the ways our democracy can endure is by strengthening the relevant institutions.
“Your Excellency, we are also aware of many developmental projects being delivered by this government under your able leadership in the State. We equally acknowledge the feats would not have been realistic without the support of the Delta State House of Assembly. Therefore, we like to express our appreciation to the 6th and 7th Delta State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt Hon Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori Oborevwori, JP for good governance and unalloyed support to this government on one hand and for successful hosting of the Second Quarter General Meeting of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria on the other hand.” He said.
Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman highlights that the quarterly meeting in Asaba will avail them a medium to deliberate on issues affecting the states legislature; and other topical national issues for the development of the country, especially security which is top on their agenda.
According to him, the Conference acknowledges that this is a critical stage in the life of the Country hence the need that all hands must be on deck to proffer solutions to all the problems threatening our unity.
In his welcome address, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori thanks the Conference for choosing Delta State to host the Second Quarter Meeting, saying that the State has become a beautiful bride for hosting of national events because of its peaceful and serene environment.
The Deputy Chairman reiterates that the Conference of Speakers has become integral part of the Country’s political architecture and during the Asaba meeting, they will discuss critical issues confronting Nigeria as a nation with a view to proffer solutions where possible.
While commending the Conference’s Chairman and all stakeholders for resolving issues on the implementation of the financial autonomy to States Legislature and Judiciary, Speaker Oborevwori explained that Delta State House of Assembly has been enjoying financial autonomy since 2019 and they don’t take their memos to the Executive for approvals thus they will remain thankful to Governor Okowa.
Declaring the Meeting open, the Executive Governor of Delta State Senator Dr. Ifeanyi notes that the first step to building sustainable partnership between the executive and legislative arms of government for effective service delivery is for both organs of government to work with the consciousness that separation of power for good governance.
He added that each arm must realise that the principle of checks and balances as constitutionally provided for, is to prevent abuse of power, which, if allowed to fester, will ultimately circumvent the rights and will of the governed.
“The relationship between the executive and legislature should be governed by trust, mutual respect, and deference, each bearing in mind the tenets of separation of powers as required in the presidential system of government.
“It is exigent that both see themselves as complementary partners working towards the same goal, which is the development of the State for the greater good of all. Trouble looms when the executive arrogates to itself the power to do as it wills or the legislature takes undue advantage of its oversight function to twist the arms of the executive for selfish ends.
“In Delta, this has been the secret, if you will call it that, of our success in the last six years. The relationship between my administration and the legislature has been one of respect, cooperation, and trust. That is not to say that we have not had moments of disagreement but whenever this occurred, we engaged ourselves in proper dialogue, rather than open confrontation, to reconcile our differences.” The Governor said.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa asserts that Delta State is one of the first States to implement financial autonomy for the legislature with the enactment of the Delta State House of Assembly Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019, adding that they are currently proposing some amendments to the law to align it with current realities.
He urged the Conference to redouble its efforts to work for greater synergy between the executive and the legislature in a way that the States can develop sustainably and democracy strengthened.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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