PASAN strike:Analyst supports autonomy for states’ legislature

 A public affairs analyst, Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, sates’ legislature must control their finances to assert their democratic rights as elected representatives of the people.

Pearse, a lecturer the University of Lagos,  said this in an interview with the News of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports President Muhammadu Buhari, on May 22, 2020, signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary in the 36 states of the country

Pearse said: “By controlling the finances of the assembly, governors are able to manipulate their activities.

“Nigerian governors wield too much power, turning many of into demagogues. If the can have financial autonomy, so should their counterparts the state level’’.

He commended  the ongoing nationwide strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).

Pearse called Federal to full autonomy for the legislature and judiciary in the states.

“The Federal must enforce the provision which empowers the Accountant-General of the Federation to make direct payments to states’ legislature and judiciary.

“This must be done in situation where the Financial Autonomy Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 not adhered to.’’

NAN reports PASAN, on Tuesday shut down activities the 36 state houses of assembly over non-implementation of financial autonomy the state legislature. (NAN)