- The presidency has revealed why many state governors are afraid of financial autonomy to other arms of their states
- President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on Niger-Delta affairs, Ita Enang, said that governors are scared of having their allocation slashed upon failing to adhere to the Executive Order
- Going forward, Enang pointed out that the presidency has no plan to back down on its decision
With respect to the Executive Order 10 recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency has told state governors that there is no going back.
This firm position of the presidency was stated by the senior special assistant to President Buhari Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, on Sunday, May 31.
Enang pointed out that what governors are actually afraid of is the clause which states that they will face deductions from the federal government upon failure to remit money slated to any arm of the state government.
Apart from noting that the order was passed by the eight Senate, Enang disclosed that currently, Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, is working with his committee to ensure implementation of the directive.
The presidential spokesman said that in response to the initial complaints of governors which was that there was no modality for implementation when the order was first passed, the president has set out the procedures for such.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that governors had raised dust against the executive order 10 granting financial autonomy to the state legislatures and the judiciary.
The governors, who met under the aegis of Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), rejected the president's order and described it as an unnecessary distraction.
Mudasiru Obasa, Lagos speaker, who is also the chairman of the conference of state speakers in Nigeria, described the pronouncement as the best Sallah gift from the president.
Governors had objected to the decision, describing it as an unnecessary move which is against section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
The chairman of the governors' forum, Governor Kayode John Fayemi of Ekiti state, reportedly took the order to President Buhari and the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
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