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Conference Of Speakers urges quick implementation of judiciary and houses of assembly autonomy

COMMUNIQUE REACHED AT THE END OF THE SECOND QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS OF STATE LEGISLATURES IN NIGERIA WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, GRA, IKEJA, LAGOS BETWEEN FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST AND SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST, 2018. 
Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria held her second quarter general meeting in Lagos from the 3rd to 5th August, 2018.
Among other things, the Conference reviewed and adopted the Reports of the Technical Committee set up to facilitate an efficient and effective implementation of the Financial Autonomy Law for the state legislature and judiciary.
The Conference also deliberated on a wide range of topical national issues.
The Conference equally elected a new Executive Committee of the Conference at the meeting, and the Committee is headed by the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.
The Conference further resolved as follows:
1. The Conference calls on the Federal Government to direct relevant government agencies to ensure prompt implementation of the new constitutional provision granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary and state legislature in Nigeria;
2. The Conference calls on the State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria to ensure meaningful engagements with the executive arms in their respective States in order to have a seamless implementation of the new Law with a view to strengthening state legislatures and entrenching democracy in Nigeria;
3. The Conference calls on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the proposed constitution amendment to establish state police in Nigeria with a view to complementing the efforts of Nigeria Police and ultimately ensuring adequate security of the lives and properties of the citizenry;
4. The Conference calls on the political leaders in the country  to put national interest above any other interests and urge them to be more cautious in their utterances and actions lest we derail our hard earned democracy;
5. The Conference calls on Nigeria Police to be more professional and apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities by desisting from invading and occupying legislative houses in the country;
6. The Conference commiserates with the people and government of Zamfara State and other States in Nigeria that have been gruesomely attacked by the bandit and insurgents in the country.
Rt Hon Ahmed Marafa Guni
Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly &
Chairman Communique Drafting Committee

THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AFTER MY ELECTION AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS OF STATE LEGISLATURES IN NIGERIA ON SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST, 2018 AT IKEJA

PROTOCOLS

Distinguished colleagues, I feel honoured and privileged to stand here today to address you as the new Chairman of the Conference of

Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.

It is a great honour bestowed on me in particular and the Lagos State House of Assembly in general. We are indeed humbled. This mandate

is a sacred one and I intend to do everything within my power to protect its sanctity.

It’s a mandate which brings about a burden – the burden to serve not only you my colleagues, but also the entire people of Nigeria who have honoured us all with their votes at our respective constituencies to promote and protect their interest and welfare.

My dear colleagues, we as leaders of state parliaments in Nigeria must come together to work for the protection of the sanctity of the
Parliament. Parliament is the bastion of democracy; hence it is our collective duty to ensure that its sanctity is not denigrated or

assaulted.

In recent times, Parliament, particularly at the state level, has come under heavy attacks which most often have been misplaced by many

who are ignorant of the duties and functions of lawmakers.

As the new Chairman of this great organization, I will work assiduously with my colleagues in the Executive Council to build on the achievements recorded by my predecessors. I will work for the

protection and promotion of the rights of the Legislative arm of government.

Inasmuch as we will cooperate with the other arms of government to put in place measures and programmes for the growth and development of the country, I assure you that we will not

keep quiet, fold our arms and watch our rights being trampled upon.

We will be gentle but firm in our demands for our right, resolute but not deliberately antagonistic.

As sated earlier dear colleagues, the Parliament is the last bastion of democracy and it’s our duty to protect it for the survival of democrat values and ideas.

Distinguished colleagues, on behalf of all Lagosians, I want to express deep appreciation to you all for creating time to attend this
conference. I wish you all journey mercies back to your respective states. And once again, thank you for giving Lagos State the mandate

to lead this organisation.

May I also use this medium to thank our governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his wife, Mrs Bolanle, our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our royal father, His Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, my darling wife and all the honorable members of Lagos State House of Assembly as well as management staffs.

I thank you for your listening pleasure.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Chairman
Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures

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