The National Chairman of Nigeria Association of State Legislators (NASAL), Kassim Mohammed Kassim, has urged his colleagues across the country to endorse legislative autonomy.
Kassim, who is also the member representing Akwanga South at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said such a system would enhance the performance of legislators.
“It is the only way we can perform our legislative duties effectively,” Kassim said.
He said leaving the legislative arm of government under the control of the executive negated the principles of separations of powers and had always hindered lawmaking at various state assemblies.
“It is important for the legislature at the state level to be independent for us to be able to perform our duties effectively,” Kassim said.
“…or else, all claims to checking the excesses of the executive would be just theoretical.”
He argued the legislature could not function efficiently without being autonomous.
“Autonomy will prevent the tyranny of any arm of government as the legislature would be fully disposed to deliver on its mandate,” Kassim said.
“Autonomy will prevent justice from becoming arbitrary and capricious. Without autonomy, there will be apprehension, even abuse cannot be ruled out.”
NASAL is mobilising its members to ensure that states Houses of Assembly and legislative arms of local governments councils secured autonomy.
Kassim also appealed to the Constitution Review Committee to give priority attention to their quest.