Buhari signed into law, Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the enactment of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020.
The Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, made this known in a statement on Friday and made available to newsmen in the FCT.
As state in the release, a Presidential Implementation Committee has been formed to come up with strategies and procedures for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as Amended); putting into deliberations all other relevant laws, apparatuses, regulations, and convention which provides for financial autonomy at the State tier of Government.
Also worthy of mention is the fact that the implementation of the financial autonomy for state Judiciary and Legislature will strengthen the institutes at the State level of government and encourage more accountability and independence in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999
President Buhari signed the Order number 10 into law based on the power conferred in him as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 5 of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as Amended), which includes the execution and maintenance of the Constitution, laws made by the National Assembly (including but not limited to Section 121(3) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution, which ensure financial autonomy for the State Legislature and Judiciary.
The Executive Order gives the Accountant General the power to authorize the deduction from the source in the course of Federation Accounts Allocation from the money assigned to any State that fails to release allocation meant for the State Legislature and Judiciary in line with the financial autonomy assured by Section 121(3) of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as Amended).
At the commencement of the implementation of Executive Order for State Legislature and Judiciary, all States shall include the allocations of the two tiers of Government in their Allocation Laws.
In the first 3 years of the implementation of the Executive Order, there will be an extraordinary capital appropriation for the Judiciary to embark on capital development of state Judiciary Complexes, Appeal Court, High Court Complexes, Sharia Court of Appeal, Customary Court of Appeal, and general Court complexes befitting of the status of Court.