Akpabio To A’Ibom Assembly: You Don’t Need Autonomy

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Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has distanced himself from the advocacy for financial autonomy as sought for by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Akpabio who was making remarks over the weekend, during the Public Lecture being part of events marking the Silver Jubilee celebration of the State Assembly noted that he was yet to see reason why the State Assembly was seeking for financial autonomy since they have in twenty five years, performed creditably through bills, motions and resolutions and therefore there was no need their canvassing for financial independence.
“As you shout for independence, you forget that the Federal Government operates only one treasury and appropriations are only estimates where you spend only what you receive”
He added that “inasmuch as you want independence, remember that someone(State Governor) has a vision and needs to be consulted”
He tasked the legislature to rather expend their energy to see that some agencies are unbundled and funds wasted in such agencies are given to State Governments to perform better.
Senator Akpabio said that the Universal Basic Education (UBE) should be scrapped, including Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) going by the abandonment of the East West Road, asserting that fumds from these agencies should rather be given to States.
However in a stout defence of the position of the Akwa Ibom State Assembly, Senator Effiong Bob said that the Assembly was ripe to move away from funds that are only approved but not released adding it was high time the legislature is out on first line charge and not always going cap in hand to the Executive to request for funding.

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