The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is poised to make the financial autonomy of the legislature and judiciary across the country possible.
In a statement, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who is also the Vice Chairman of the NGF, said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Grand Khadi of the state Sharia Court of Appeal, Muhammad Tambari Usman in Sokoto.
According to him, in his capacity as the Chairman of the NGF’s committee that was mandated to interface with stakeholders, including the Speakers Conference on the matter, the governors were unanimous that they should support the autonomy.
“I assure you and the rest of Nigerians, who are having some concerns that Governors are opposed to the financial autonomy of these institutions, that I am yet to see or come across any state Governor that is opposed to the independence of either the legislature or the judiciary,” Governor Tambuwal said.
The Governor said as a former legislator, he was personally in support of the process.
“it is only a question of working on the framework, because the Order 10 of Mr President came up with a framework for the Judiciary,” to the exclusion of all the state legislature.
“And there were some states that were already having different frameworks. So, we need to harmonize and come up with a common framework that will work in the interest of these are institutions,” he added.