Nigerian Speakers Urge Tinubu, Governors to Implement Sustainable Poverty Elimination Policies

By Milcah Tanimu

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has called on the federal and state governments to develop sustainable policies aimed at eliminating poverty and enhancing the standard of living for citizens. This advocacy was made in a communique issued at the end of their general meeting on Thursday in Abuja.

The communique, signed by the conference’s chairman, Adebo Ogundoyin, highlighted President Bola Tinubu’s bold economic measures, such as removing petroleum product subsidies and floating the exchange rate. However, Ogundoyin noted that the unintended consequences of these policies have been harsh on citizens.

“The conference observed that despite constitutional provisions granting financial autonomy to state legislatures, the implementation has often been breached. We call on all relevant stakeholders to comply fully with the Constitution,” Ogundoyin stated.

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rivers State, Ogundoyin appealed for peace and urged political leaders to seek peaceful resolutions to the impasse between the legislative and executive branches.

Additionally, the conference expressed support for the establishment of state police to address Nigeria’s significant security challenges. “We also want state police to check the negative trend of insecurity in our country,” Ogundoyin said.

The speakers further appealed to the National Assembly, the Presidency, and other relevant stakeholders to leverage the ongoing constitution review to promote national cohesion and development.


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