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36 State Governors Storm Abuja, Seeking State Legislature and Financial Autonomy for the Judiciary

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36 State Governors Storm Abuja, Seeking State Legislature and Financial Autonomy for the Judiciary

 

Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State, has stated that all governors support financial autonomy for state legislatures and the judiciary.

Tambuwal said this after leading the Chairman of the States Legislators Conference to the Presidential Villa in Abuja to consult with the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

The governor said in a statement that the modalities for enforcing financial autonomy will be finalized on Thursday next week.

Governors Support Financial Autonomy for State Legislature and Judiciary – Tambuwal…’ read the document.

Abuja, as governors meet next week to finalize implementation modalities.’

Tambuwal was reportedly accompanied by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, who was previously the speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, and Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle.

In an interview with State House correspondents, Tambuwal, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the meeting was called by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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“We are here to meet the Chief of Staff on Mr President’s order, and you can see that the Speakers’ Conference of the States of the Federation is ably led by the Chairman,” he said. It’s all about (Executive) Order 10, which deals with the legislature’s and judiciary’s independence and financial autonomy at the state level.

But it’s a continuous meeting, and we’ll meet again next week on Thursday to finalize the structure and modalities for incorporating the state legislature’s and judicial autonomy.”

On the charge that governors are thwarting attempts to grant financial autonomy to state legislatures and the judiciary, Tambuwal countered that governors support financial autonomy for state legislators and that there is no impediment to the President’s Executive Order’s implementation.

We’ll meet on Thursday of next week to finalize the framework. By God’s grace, we’re all in favor of it,” he said.

“Well, our Chairman (Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum) and the team of governors’ forum are meeting with the labor,” the governor said in response to a question about states that have yet to pay the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000. Please don’t let me interrupt the meeting. The duty of governors is to keep the country in order.”

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Buhari signed an Executive Order on May 23, 2020, granting the legislature and judiciary financial independence from the executive in the states, according to the statement.

The President’s decision was based on the authority vested in him as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), which applies to the implementation and preservation of the Constitution, laws passed by the National Assembly (including but not limited to Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), and other matters.

“The Accountant-General of the Federation shall, by this order and any other such orders, regulations, or guidelines as may be issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, authorise the deduction from source in the course of Federation Accounts Allocation from the money allocated to any state of the federation that fails to release allocation meant for the state legislature and state judiciary in line with the financial autonomy guaranteed by Section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999” according to the new Executive Order.

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36 State Governors Storm Abuja, Seeking State Legislature and Financial Autonomy for the Judiciary

 

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