By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
Governors elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to commence process for the implementation of the autonomy of the judiciary and state legislature as agreed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) Committee and other stakeholders.
This decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), the umbrella body of APC governors in Abuja, after reviewing and adopting the recommendations of the Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led NGF Committee.
A statement by the Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Friday in Abuja stated that consultations are to be commenced by Attorneys-General of APC-controlled states with a view to providing necessary legal framework for the implementation of the policy.
Badugu noted that the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee consulted all the critical stakeholders, notably leadership of State Judiciary and Assemblies and jointly reached agreements on specific initiatives to be taken by state governments to guarantee autonomy for state judiciary and assemblies.
In the light of this, the Forum Chairman said the meeting “endorsed agreements reached by the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee and enjoined all APC-controlled states and indeed all states to commence the process of implementing the submitted recommendations.
“As part of the process of implementing the NGF agreements in APC controlled states, appropriate consultations with Attorneys-General will take place in order to provide all necessary legal frameworks for the implementation of the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee’s proposed recommendations.”
Acknowledging the enormity of the challenges facing the country, the Forum commended the efforts of the Federal Government in addressing and resolving the challenges.
The Forum then pledged it’s commitment to continue to support all the initiatives of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.