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Governors meet on Judiciary/Legislature autonomy

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

Members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have scheduled a meeting for on Wednesday to, among others, strategise on how to ensure the implementation of financial autonomy for state Judiciary and Legislature.

The Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said, in a statement yesterday, that the issue would form a major item on the agenda of the virtual meeting, scheduled for 2pm.

Bello-Barkindo said the governors would also deliberate on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) endorsed by representatives of the NGF, the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN). and other stakeholders before the over two-month-old strike by judicial and parliamentary workers was suspended.

He noted that efforts were already under way in states to either constitute the States Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or to inaugurate them, preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to Legislature and Judiciary at the state level.

Part of the statement reads: “The return to work by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) which begins tomorrow, Tuesday after the democracy day holiday, will top the agenda of the 31st NGF meeting which takes place, virtually, on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021.

“Efforts are already under way in all states of the federation, to either constitute the States Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or to inaugurate them, preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government, namely, the legislature and the judiciary at the sub-national level.”

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