Emergency rule has enhanced stability in Yobe – Speaker

The speaker commended the President Jonathan for the emergency rule declaration.

The Speaker, Yobe House Assembly, Adamu Dogo, said in Abuja on Friday that the `state of emergency’ had enhanced peace and stability in the state.

Mr. Dogo made this known at a sensitisation workshop on financial autonomy for state lawmakers.

The event was organised by the Northern Youth Democratic Forum (NYDF) in collaboration with State Accountability and Voice Initiative.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for taking the bold step towards restoring law and order as well as harmony in the state.

“When the Federal Government proclaimed state of emergency in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, we welcome the idea as it will improve peace in the state.

“Even before the declaration of the emergency rule, normalcy had returned to Yobe. For nine months, there is no gunshot,’’ Mr. Dogo claimed.

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The speaker commended the state governor for supporting the president in ensuring a secure environment for the citizens in the region. He said that the sensitisation would go a long way to educate the lawmakers on the significance of attainment of financial autonomy of their duties.

Mr. Dogo noted that the importance of financial autonomy for Houses of Assembly could not be over emphasised, adding that it was vital to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

According to him, we in Yobe House of Assembly have already cast our vote in favour of autonomy for state lawmakers.

“Even at the level of the Conference of State Legislatures of Nigeria, we have resolved to speak with one voice to ensure the attainment of finance autonomy for lawmakers in the ongoing constitution review.

“When we have our autonomy, it will protect us from the executives’ interference in all ramifications and enable us to check them, when the need arises,” he said.

The speaker added that financial autonomy for lawmakers would promote good governance, transparency and accountability and deepen democratic culture in the country.

Earlier, Lawal Burji, the National Programme Officer of the Forum, said financial autonomy for local government and state lawmakers was needed to ensure grassroots development.

(NAN)

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