Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara yesterday urged State Houses of Assemblies in the country to support moves to grant financial autonomy to them and local governments.
Speaking when he received in audience members of the Bauchi state House of Assembly in his office, Dogara said democracy is facing serious threat at the grassroot as a result of lack of independence for the local governments.
“There is no meaning to independence of you are not financially independent. Slaves dont build societies, only free men do.
“The only authority for oversight in the state is the state Assembly, but when we transmitted the proposal for amendment to the state assemblies they rejected it, “he saidn
The Speaker lamented that in a four years tenure, trillions of Naira were allocated to states and local governments but when you visit the state you wont see projects comminsurate with the money thwy received.
“I am not indicting you but speaking to your concience, our feeling is that there has not been appropriate and effectove oversight by the state legislatures,” he stated.
I am calling on leaders to rise beyond our differences, unite and deliver divident of democracy to the people.
“If we fail to perform, they will not spear us. We should do everything to deliver on our mandate”
The Speaker also expressed gratitudes to President Muhammadu Buhari for putting much confidence in the sons and daughters of Bauchi state by appointing them into key Federal government offices.
He said, the only way to reciprocate the gesture is for leaders in the state to deliver on their mandates to the people.
The Bauchi state assembly members was led by its Speaker Hon. Shehu Damina, who commended Dogara for his sterling leadership qualities.
Hon. Damina said Dogara exemplifies courage, simplicity, dedication, generosity, commitment and service per execellency.