State assemblies asks National Assembly to revisit power devolution clause

National Assembly Complex

The state houses of assembly has asked the National Assembly to revisit the power devolution proposal, it rejected in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 constitution.

The state assemblies wants the National Assembly to reconsider its position on the proposed power devolution.

Chairman of the state Houses of Assembly, Abdulmumini Kamba, made the call while submitting to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the amended 1999 constitution clauses considered by the state assemblies.

“Though as requested and constitutionally empowered, the State Houses of Assembly went through the 29 constitution amendment bills sent to us and concurred with the National Assembly on 15 of them.

“But during our interactions with stakeholders at the grassroots on the proposed constitution amendments, they expressed their displeasure on the absence of devolution of powers from all the items sent.

“Various stakeholders during the sessions yearned for devolution of powers from the centre to the states, the absence of which made them to see the items considered as somewhat cosmetic and not substantive,” he said.

Saraki assured that the amendment of the constitution is still ongoing, and that a joint committee of the national assembly has been set up to look at such areas of differences.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, backs the state assemblies on the power devolution, while condemning them for rejecting autonomy to the local governments.

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