President Buhari stresses the importance of autonomy for State legislature

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Buhari receiving the report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary, from the committee Chairman former Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami at the State House

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja said efforts to ensure autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary will further strengthen democracy and guarantee fairness for ordinary Nigerians.

Receiving the report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary, at the State House, the President said government will study the report and make appropriate decision.

“I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested elections. That’s why I want to stabilise the system so that others will not pass through the same experience.

“Both young and ordinary Nigerians depend on leadership to ensure justice is always done. So we must ensure that trust is not compromised. This administration will take the report seriously,’’ he said.

Entrenching democratic principles

In his remark, the Chairman of the Committee, immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said implementation of the recommendations will entrench constitutionalism, democratic principles and separation of powers.

“The recommendations clearly spell out that if uniform modules for implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and state judiciary are approved for implementation across 36 states, it will no doubt strengthen Nigeria’s democratic principles, practices and public governance,’’ he said.

President Buhari and members of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary.

Malami added that the committee had observed that most states honoured the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy in the breach, than in observance, noting that the legislature and judiciary remain the last hope of the common man and should be given autonomy.

He said the committee consulted with state Governors, Chief Judges of states, Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Civil Society Organizations and relevant stakeholders, including members of the public.

The Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary was inaugurated by President Buhari on March 22nd, to fashion out strategies and modalities for implementation of the financial autonomy of the state legislature and state judiciary in compliance with Section 121 (3) of the Nigerian constitution.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh