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Speakers set up reconciliatory committee to resolve assemblies’ crises


The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has set up a reconciliatory cum fact-finding committee to intervene and amicably resolve the crises in some state Houses of Assembly in the country.

This was part of the decision reached at the end of the third quarter general meeting of the conference, which took place between December 7 and 8, 2018 in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

Chairman of the conference and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, who read the communiqué at the end of the meeting yesterday, stated that the conference intervention hinged on the need “to not only ensure amicable resolution of the crises, but also to ensure good governance.”

Obasa said the conference also cautioned the judiciary, especially the lower courts, to exercise caution by not interfering with constitutionally-assigned roles already undertaken by the legislature but should wait until the conclusion of such matters.He said: “The conference regretted that the judiciary is fast-becoming a clog in the advancement of our democracy and strongly decried a wave of recent judgments undemocratically preventing state assemblies from performing their constitutionally-guaranteed functions of oversight of the executive arm of government relating to cases of bribery and corruption.

“We call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the National Judicial Council to check this trend before judges truncate our democracy.” The meeting also called on the Nigeria Police to be more professional in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities by desisting from invading and occupying state legislative Houses in the country.

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