- A presidential implementation committee on autonomy of state legislature and judiciary has been inaugurated
- President Buhari urged members of the committee to be meticulous and diligent in the discharge of their duties
- According to the president, the panel implementation is in line with fourth alteration to the 1999 constitution
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 22, inaugurated the presidential implementation committee on autonomy of the state legislature and state judiciary.
Speaking at the inauguration which held at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari and urged members of the committee to be meticulous and diligent in the discharge of their duties.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he said the setting up of the committee was necessitated by the realisation that legislative and judicial autonomy are necessary pre-conditions for nation’s democracy to endure.
According to him, "The committee is expected to foster effective implementation of the autonomy constitutionally granted the state legislature and judiciary under the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“It is my hope that when this is done, there will be proper checks and balances, and the State Legislature and Judiciary shall be genuinely empowered to carry out their respective Constitutional duties without fear of dominance and or marginalization.
“The Legislature, being the closest arm of government to the people, and the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man, must both be seen to be sufficiently independent to perform their respective constitutional roles without any interference, let or hindrance.
"In this regard, ensuring that these organs of government enjoy financial autonomy will further enhance their efficiency and independence."
The president maintained that his administration was committed to “strengthening our democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of Nigerian government, even at the state levels."
He said his administration had identified the need to sustain the constitutionally guaranteed federal system of government by building capabilities not only at the federal level but at all the federating units.
He added: “This Committee has therefore been set-up, as a major reform of this administration, to ensure that the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the State levels is maintained, pursuant to Section 161 of the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (as Amended)."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari declined assent to the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill.
The president also declined assent to the Nigerian Aeronautic Research Rescue Bill. The communication from the president to the House of Representatives was read on the floor of the House by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, at Tuesday’s plenary.
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