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Financial autonomy: governments and stakeholders reach agreement

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By Ismaila Chafe

On Monday in Abuja, the Forum of Governors, the Conference of Presidents of the State Legislature and other stakeholders reached an agreement on the implementation of the financial autonomy of the legislature and the judiciary of the ‘State.

The President of the Governors’ Forum of Nigeria, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, informed State House correspondents after a meeting chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari. .

According to Fayemi, the deal is being finalized and its implementation will begin in May.

He said: “We are here for legislative and judicial autonomy and governors; Presidents of state assemblies and state judges are on the same page when it comes to this issue.

“We have just come out of a meeting with the Solicitor General of the Federation, representatives of the judiciary and those of the Conference of Presidents and we are in force; an agreement has been reached.

“The problem is with implementation. There were no objections from the governors on judicial and legislative autonomy.

In fact, it would not have passed if the governors had not been supportive in the first place. So this issue has been dealt with in a comprehensive and comprehensive manner, ”he said.

Fayemi argued that the modalities were being worked out and that implementation of the deal would begin in May.

He said: “We don’t want to just agree to something on paper without defining the modalities of implementation.

Fortunately, the meeting we just came out with the chief of staff to the presiding president, worked out the modalities, to the satisfaction of all parties.

“As soon as the final document being cleaned up appears, it will be implemented as soon as possible and it will certainly not be later than the end of May.”

He therefore called on the striking judicial workers to cancel and resume work in the interest of the nation.

“In the interest of the nation, we believe that the strikers should return to their offices because, as long as this has passed, we have met all the parties concerned and the president, through his head of state- major, followed what happened.

“And I think we are reasonably in a position where, whether you speak to the president of the Conference of Presidents, or you speak to me, or you speak to the representative of the judiciary or the solicitor general of the Federation, you will hear that we are speaking with one voice on implementation.

“And by May at the latest, you will start to see the implementation of the deal we made,” he said.

Among the meeting participants were Governors Bagudu Atiku from Kebbi, Aminu Tambuwal from Sokoto and Simon Lalong from Plateau,

Others were the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Akpata, as well as the leadership of the Conference of State Presidents of Legislatures and of the State Judiciary.

(NAN)

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