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Autonomy: FG No Turning Back ON The President’s Executive Order

The Committee on the implementation of the Executive Order 0010 by President Muhammadu Buhari on autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary, the Federal Government declared on Tuesday that there will be no going back.

As the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the current administration will work with Governors on modalities for effective implementation of the order.

Malami said the implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders.

He further said the Federal Government has appreciated the fact that the governors have agreed to the constitutionality of the state Legislature and the Judiciary.

He said the government came out with the Executive Order No- 0010 in order to deepen democracy from grassroots and ensure effective implementation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

He made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

The clarifications became necessary against the backdrop of claims by the governors that President Buhari had halted action on the implementation of the autonomy.

But Malami said the Federal Government only wanted submissions from the governors and other stakeholders.

He said the granting of autonomy to State Legislature and the Judiciary is sacrosanct.

He said: “The re-enforcement of the constitutional provisions on the autonomy of the state legislature and judiciary as contained in Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria necessitated the Executive Order No 0010.”

He said the government noted “with appreciation that the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation have agreed to the constitutionality of the autonomy of the state legislature and the Judiciary.”

He said: “The essence of the Order was to see to the implementation of the autonomy.”

The statement added: “While congratulating Nigerians on this landmark historic achievement geared toward engendering democratic principles at the grassroots, the Minister called on more inter-agency support for the Order which he said will accelerate development Nigerian masses have been clamoring for.

“In furtherance of the implementation of the Order, the Federal Government and Nigerian Governors’ Forum are jointly working on modalities for effective implementation of the order.

“The Executive Order implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from Governor’s Forum and other stakeholders with a view to seeing practicable implementation of the Executive Order.”

Shortly after an audience with the President on Monday, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi said: “After listening to the concerns of the governors about the constitutionality of the Executive Order, President Buhari agreed to delay the gazetting.

“We have a delegation of the governors’ forum here to discuss some matters of fundamental importance to the nation and the President has asked that we meet with the AGF, the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Finance Planning and Budget on the issue.

It is an issue that has seized the interest of many of you in the media and a lot of people across the federation, it is about the autonomy of the state legislature and the judiciary and we’ve met with the President before now on it and the President was very pleased that for us as governors, we are all united in support of the autonomy of State judiciary and the legislature; that’s the position of the 36 governors of the federation.

What is the issue? It is on the constitutionality of the modalities of what had been put in the Executive Order and the President was gracious enough to say okay, given your concerns about that, we will delay the gazetting of the order and allow you to meet with the AGF and Finance Minister to work out the modalities.”

“In any case, we have been meeting at our level with the Conference of Speakers. The Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State, was delegated to lead a number of governors who have gained legislative experience either because they were in the House of Representatives or they were Speakers of State Assemblies, or they were senators and that committee has been meeting with a delegation of the Conference of Speakers, working out the modalities and we believe that all of that would be settled amicably without any resort to court.” He concluded.

WHY FOCUS ON THE CENTER? – Comfort Onah Ekpenge

WHY FOCUS ON THE CENTER? – Comfort Onah Ekpenge

Is President Buhari Really Our Problem?

Why is it so difficult for the Nigerian Public to rise with one voice to make the state governors to start working in the public interest?

PMB granted autonomy and direct disbursement of LG funds, but the governors rejected it, because they know you and I are more focused on the President. Have you asked why they rejected it?

PMB signed an order to grant financial autonomy to House of Assemblies and the Judiciary, to strengthen governance at the state level, the governors are heading to court to stop him.

These are the people you voted for at the state level. The people who are responsible for your healthcare infrastructure, creation of employment opportunities, and the achievement of the nation’s economic objective. They want to pocket the House of Assemblies and the Judiciary, yet No protests anywhere, the civil societies are silent. The Social Media is busy with The “I can’t breath” Protests.

You cannot hold your governors accountable.

The President is the only man you know to be responsible for your welfare and good governance at all tiers of the government. Yet, those you voted to be in charge of state affairs adjudicated their duties, knowing you can’t do anything about it, because you are simply not focused.

People can’t talk to the Local government Chairman in their states, some of you don’t know that billions are paid monthly into their accounts to take care of your LG: Road rehabilitation, drainage, environment, markets, education etc. Have you ever raised your voice to make your Local Govt Chairman publish monthly how they spend the money?

But you wake up every morning, shouting Buhari is the problem. Yesterday it was GEJ….. BLa bla bla.

Stand before the mirror and ask yourself some questions.

Making Nigeria work is a collective responsibility of all of us, not just PMB’s.

Wake Up Nigerians
God Bless Nigeria.

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Judiciary Autonomy: Gov Senator Okowa Signed Bill Into Law

Judiciary Autonomy: Gov. Senator Okowa Signed Bill Into Law – Daily Watch Press

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor, has signed the Judiciary Autonomy Bill into law as the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, commended both the governor and legislature for the speedy process culminating in the signing of the bill.

The Bill which was titled, ‘The Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019’, the law provides for the management of funds accruing to the state judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of the Delta State.

Section 6 of the Law provides that the Delta State Judiciary shall have the power to manage its Capital and Recurrent Expenditure in accordance with the provisions of the Law.

The commencement clause, shows that, the law comes into force from the 23rd day of January, 2020.

Reacting to the development, the State Chief Judge, described the action of the Governor Okowa as a bold and laudable step towards granting the judiciary the much-desired autonomy despite the challenges that attended the legislative process.

While lauding the Delta State House of Assembly for ensuring the speedy passage of the Bill, he said that autonomy would enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the state, improve work conditions and facilitate development of infrastructure.

Justice Umukoro gave assurance that “the judiciary would live up to its constitutional responsibility and ensure prudent management of funds accruing to it,” saying that with the assent to the bill, Governor Okowa had restated his unalloyed commitment to the growth and development of the Judiciary.

He assured of the fostering of the existing level of cordiality and harmonious relationship between the Executive and Legislature and the Judiciary in Delta State.