Governors meet over President Buhari's financial autonomy to state legislature, judiciary

Governors meet over President Buhari's financial autonomy to state legislature, judiciary

- Nigerian governors will meet on Wednesday, May 27 to discuss President Buhari's autonomy to state legislature and judiciary

- The governors will also discuss the controversial Nigeria Centre for Disease Control bill which is currently before the National Assembly

- The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Team, NGF spokesperson Bello-Barkindo said

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The 36 state governors have agreed to meet over critical issues concerning their provinces, especially the new executive order by President Buhari granting financial autonomy to state legislature and judiciary.

The Nation reports that the meeting is slated for Wednesday, May 27 and would be a virtual one with all the governors joining in from their respective locations.

The meeting was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in a statement on Tuesday, May 26.

He said: “Among the issues to be reviewed are a number of critical national questions that revolve around the financial autonomy for the states’ judiciary and legislature code-named the Executive Order 10, 2020.

“The governors will also touch issues around the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ownership, the controversial National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.

This will be the 9th virtual meeting by the governors since the beginning of lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic. notes that the notice of the governors' meeting emerged just after the federal government issued a stern warning to governors across Nigeria.

The government said any governor that tries to withhold the funds of the other organs of government in their provinces would lose their part of monthly federal allocations.

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The warning was issued on behalf of the Nigerian government by the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami.

President Buhari, after several years of expectations, granted financial autonomy to legislatures and judiciary across the 36 states of the country.

The president granted the autonomy via a new executive order signed on Friday, May 22. The president disclosed the news on Twitter.

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria sent a message to President Buhari, appreciating his approval. It said the move was the best Sallah gift.

"This is the best gift the President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, has given the legislative arms of state governments at this Sallah. And coming at the end of the Ramadan, it means God truly answered the prayers of the member state legislatures through the President," the Conference's chairman, Mudashiru Obasa noted.

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