Financial Autonomy, Catalyst For Development Of Legislative Democracy

Financial autonomy granted to the National Assembly and some state assemblies has been described as catalyst for developing the legislative institutions in the country.
Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM) Chief Wale Mogaji made this disclosure when Members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly Service Commission, led by their Chairman, Senator Muhammed Sani Saleh paid the commission a working visit today.
Mogaji explained that financial autonomy given the Legislature has helped in shaping its administrative structure, developing the personnel and enhancing their performance. He declared that the members of staff in the commission and the Lagos State House of Assembly can work perfectly in any Legislature across the world, owing to the training acquired and administrative prowess garnered over the years.
‘’Without financial autonomy, there is little the Legislature can achieve in this modern democracy, especially when the people are now more interested in and concerned about public governance and appreciate the roles played in a democratic setting,’’ Mogaji argued.
According to him, Lagos State legislature has been the toast of the rest of the federation because of its excellent performance and how it has positively affected lives of Lagosians.
In his speech, Chairman of the Kaduna State House of Assembly Service Commission, Senator Muhammed Saleh promised to send a bill to the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, concerning expanding administrative structures of the state’s legislative service commission, while applauding LAHASCOM for instituting a working and virile system of administration in Lagos State. He informed the gathering that LAHASCOM has proved ‘’competent and remains an excellent legislative service commission in the country,’’ noting that the administrative structures he saw were enough to convince him and other members of the delegation that ‘’Lagos State has gone ahead of other states in entrenching enviable legislative practice.’’
He lamented that over 500 personnel are on the staff list, while provision was made for less. He however believed the situation will be salvaged soon.

Omolola Alli-Balogun
Public Affairs Officer, Lahascom.

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