Financial Autonomy: Hamalai Sues for Re-engineering of Operations of State Assemblies.

  • Thursday February 8, 2018 09:16 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Ladi Hamalai has said that granting financial autonomy to State Houses of Assembly would consequently revolutionize the work of their respective chief account officers. The DG made this statement in Abuja on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 during the opening ceremony of a 2-Day Workshop on 'Operationalizing of
Administrative and Financial Autonomy for Clerks of the 36 State Houses of Assembly'.

While highlighting the current effort by the National Assembly to ensure that State Legislative Houses are financially autonomous, she stated that democracy cannot thrive if the legislature is not prepared to be independent. The DG charged the Clerks to seize the moment to interact and enhance their capacity to surmount the daunting administrative challenges that would come alongside the expected financial autonomy.

One of the objectives of the workshop is to expose the Clerks to the complexity of being on the first line charge and how to manage the accompanying challenges. Also, the dynamics of financial management in the legislature; review of the likely issues to tackle in operating financial autonomy as well as exchange of experience on how to harness both administrative and financial skills towards mitigating the envisaged challenges were treated.

Earlier at the Workshop, the Clerk to the National Assembly represented by the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, Owolabi Adelami tasked the State Assembly Clerks on accountability and honesty in the discharge of their duties. He informed that there was a consensus at the last conference of speakers and Clerks of legislature that the State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria be granted financial autonomy.

“I want you to know and understand that the day-to-day administration of parliament would rest on your shoulders as Clerks when granted the autonomy”, he emphasized.