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Adamawa Lawmaker Lauds Buhari Over Financial Autonomy

The Chairman Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Legislative Compliance and Special Duties, Hon. Alhassan Hammanjoda of Ganye Constituency, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing Executive Order, granting financial autonomy for state assemblies and the judiciary.

Hammanjoda made the commendation in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Yola where said the action was long overdue.

Hammanjoda who is serving second term under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), said the importance of the presidential Executive Order to the financial autonomy of the state assemblies and judiciary can never be over emphasized considering its relevance to the two arms of Government.

He explained that some states could not take independent decisions or perform their constitutional stipulated legislative functions without recourse to their state governors.

The APC lawmaker added that over the years, state assemblies could not perform optimally because they were not financially independent.

He further stated that, the merit of the presidential Executive Order were too numerous as they lawmakers could now provide quality representation by effectively conducting the legislative business and oversight function creditably without recourse to anyone.

According to him, their constituents would be the major beneficiaries because democracy was now on course and would be practised the way it ought to be in other developed countries.

Hammanjoda also commended all other relevant stakeholders for the role they played in making the financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciary a reality.

It could be Recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, signed into law, an Executive Order to grant financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary for states.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had in a statement in Abuja, said that the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020, made it mandatory for all states to include allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in their Appropriation Laws.

According to the AGF, a Presidential Implementation Committee was being constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for state Legislature and Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

The statement added that President Buhari signed the Executive Order number 10 into law based on the power vested in him as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended), which extends to the execution and maintenance of the Constitution, laws made by the National Assembly (including but not limited to Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution(as Amended), which guarantee financial autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary.

According to the order: “The Accountant-General of the Federation shall by this Order and such any other 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 (as Amended).

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