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No going back on financial autonomy – FG

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GOVERNORS of Nigerian states have finally succumbed to pressure after initial reluctance to accept the need for e-financial independence to be granted to other arms of government.

 The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi and his colleagues took the decision after the presidency refused to retrace its decision on the executive order.

  Apparently seeing  the body language of  President Muhammadu Buhari as not being ready to shift his ground on granting financial autonomy to state legislature and judiciary, the governors decided to heed the presidents call.

  Hints of possible retracing of steps by the federal government were initially made after meeting with the governors but in a subsequent move, the Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said there is no going back on the Executive Order 10, granting approval for the autonomy.

  The minister said the governors have accepted the principle of separation of power among all the tiers of government.

  He said presidency and the states governors will fashion out the modalities of implementing the directives which will see the budge of the other two arms submitted separately henceforth.

  Speaking through his Special Assistant on media, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Malami explained that contrary to speculations, the governors did not halt implementation of the order.

  The Attorney General noted that the executive order will help entrench the principle of democracy to the grassroots.

  Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi after his meeting with the president on Monday, disclosed that “President Buhari agreed to delay the gazetting, adding that the 36 governors have reached a consensus to recognise the autonomy for the state lawmakers and the judiciary system.”

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