MARYLAND/ USA –
THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed that members of the House sacrificed a lot to grant financial independence to local governments in the just concluded constitution amendment exercise.
He then said state Houses of Assembly should be held liable if local government autonomy fails, stressing that “if the voting records are published today, some members may not even come back to this house on account of that single decision to vote for local government autonomy”.
Dogara made this assertion on Thursday when he received delegations from the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON.
He maintained that it is now the responsibility of the state legislature to approve the proposed law seeking local government autonomy.
According to the Speaker, “now the ball is out of our court and it is back to the state assemblies.
“If we fail to gather the two-third support from the 36 state assemblies, it will be your fault because there is virtually no member of a state assembly that does not come from a local government,” he said, emphasising that “we have sacrificed a lot at this end”.