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    Constituents, Cross River Assembly Disagree Over Local Government Autonomy

    Physical confrontation was averted at the cultural Centre, Calabar venue of the public hearing on  the ongoing constitution amendment, as the people of Yakurr 2 state constituency openly disagreed with the speaker and members of the state house of assembly on local government and state houses of assembly autonomy. 
    Trouble started when the representative of the constituency at the public hearing raised an objection and made the position of his people known to the gathering.
    But those believed that the independence of both the local governments and the houses of assembly will be the fastest way to grassroots development.
    Speaking with journalists on while his constituency's position was different, the leader of the area, Bassey Ofem- said there was need to maintain joint account between states and the local government areas for the weak local councils to survive.
    The speaker of the state house of assembly, John-Gaul Lebo who presided over the hearing however said  the position  of the  constituency will be looked into, assuring that the  overall will of the majority will be taken before submitting the state’s draft to the national assembly. The speaker said the beauty of democracy is for the majority to take a position while the views of the minorities are still considered.
     it was reported that the public hearing on the constitution amendment is to enable the state assemblies gather inputs from the people on different issues affecting the citizens including the autonomy of both the houses of assembly and  local governments.

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