Conference of Speakers canvasses sustainable polices on poverty elimination

Pic.. From left: Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly/Deputy Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria (CSSLN), Nasir Daura; Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly/Chairman of CSSLN, Adebo Oguntoyin; and the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly/Treasurer of CSSLN, Emomotimi Guwor, during CSSLN general meeting in Abuja on Thursday
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By Sarafina Christopher

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has urged the federal and state governments to initiate sustainable policies that will eliminate poverty and improve citizens’ standard of living.

The speakers made this advocacy in a communique issued at the end of their general meeting on Thursday in Abuja.

The communiqué was signed by the Conference’s Chairman, Adebo Ogundoyin.

Ogundoyin acknowledged the courage of President Bola Tinubu on the economic policies made so far such as the removal of petroleum product subsidy and the floating of the exchange rate.

He said, however, that the unintended consequences of the policies were harsh on the citizens.

“The conference observed that in spite of the constitutional provisions that grant financial autonomy to state legislature, the implementation has been observed in breach.

“We, therefore, call on all the relevant stakeholders to comply with all the provisions in the Constitution and not by breach.’’

Ogundoyin sued for peace as the political crisis in Rivers raged.

“We want to appeal to the relevant political leaders in Rivers to explore peaceful means to resolve the near impasse between the legislative and executive arms of the government in the state.’’

He said the conference was in support of the establishment of state police to combat the deluge of security challenges facing the country.

“We also want state police to check the negative trend of insecurity in our country,” he said.

Ogundoyin appealed to the National Assembly, Presidency and other relevant stakeholders to leverage on the ongoing constitution review for national cohesion and development. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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