Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has applauded the National Assembly over assent of bill granting financial autonomy to state assemblies in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed an amendment to the constitution that grants autonomy to state judiciary and state Houses of Assembly.
“I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today (Friday) assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.
“Therefore, upon this signature, the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states and no more through the governors and from the governors.” Buhari said.
Responding to the development, Atiku commended NASS for the bill, which according to him would help develop states in the nation.
Atiku on his Twitter page wrote thus, “The NASS deserves commendation for the just assented to bill granting financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciary.
“It is laws like this, and more, that will grant the constituent states the envisaged independence and flexibility to develop at their own pace.”