By Anayo Okoli & Enyim Enyim
UMUAHIA—AHEAD of the nation’s constitution amendment, Abia and Anambra states’ Houses of Assembly, have voted in favour of local government autonomy recently proposed by the National Assembly.
By the development, the two states have joined Adamawa, Kogi, Benue, Oyo and Nasa-rawa states that have endorsed the National Assembly proposal for local government autonomy in the country.
Both Houses took the position while considering the amendment proposal sent to them by the National Assembly as part of requirements to amend the nation’s constitution.
Lawmakers in Abia also unanimously voted in favour of the financial and administrative autonomy of state houses of assembly, independence of the legislature, constitutional establishment of Houses of Assembly Commission and the separation of the offices of Ministry of Justice and that of the Attorney-General.
Speaking after the voting, the Speaker, Chief Ude Chukwu, expressed joy that the House had done its duty aimed at enhancing the development of the nation.
In Anambra State, at the committee of the whole House presided over by the Speaker, Mrs Chinwe Nwebili, where it was passed, 20 out of the 30 lawmakers were present.
She said being a constitutional matter, the position of the House was not final and would be decided after the 36 state Houses of Assembly’s report on the issue would have been collated by the National Assembly.