Judiciary, legislature has no autonomy in Cross River – Lawmaker

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A lawmaker representing Calabar Municipality in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Efa Esua has said the two arms of Government in the state do not have autonomy and independence at all.

Esua who is also former Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Public Service Matters and Conflict resolution said it is a deliberate attempt by the executive to control and dictate to them.

“Recently, there was a long strike by judicial workers over judicial autonomy.

“There were a lot of appeals, that the strike should be suspended, but up till now, even despite that our governor signed that autonomy, is there anything like judicial autonomy in the Cross River State judiciary?

“There is also no independence or autonomy in the state parliament.

“As we speak, we are still waiting for the executive arm of government to approve our salary, but other states have implemented theirs.

Esua who is seen as the only outspoken lawmaker in the Assembly said the act is deliberate.

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“When you don’t have autonomy, why won’t you be seen as a rubber stamp? Even to drink water you will wait and depend on the executive. We, judiciary and legislative, largely depend on the executive arm of government to get money to survive.”

He asked why it was difficult for Abuja to deduct subventions, including Local Government’s, at sources instead of allowing the executive to have an overall say.

The lawmaker also condemned the bill seeking to stop medical workers from embarking on strike in the country.

The bill is currently on the floor of the National Assembly.

Judiciary, legislature has no autonomy in Cross River – Lawmaker

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