President Buhari Signs Executive Order on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature, Judiciary

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(Abuja)

President Muhammadu Buhari of t on Friday signed into law, Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State
Judiciary Order, 2020.

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday 22nd May, 2020.

The specia assistant said that a Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary.

This, Gwandu said, was in compliance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended); taking into
considerations all other applicable laws, instruments, conventions and regulations, which provides for financial autonomy at the State tier
of Government.

According to him, the implementation of financial autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary would strengthen the institutions at the State tier of Government.

The special assistant also said that it would make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy, as
enshrined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999
(as Amended).

He said:”The President signed the Executive Order number 10 into law  based on the power vested in him as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria 1999 (as Amended).

“The power extends to the execution and maintenance of the Constitution, laws made by the National Assembly (including but not limited to Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution
(as Amended), which guarantee financial autonomy of the State
Legislature and State Judiciary.

“The Order Provides that “The Accountant-General of the Federation shall by this Order and such any other Orders, Regulations or Guidelines as may be issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

“It also authorises the deduction from source, in the course of Federation Accounts Allocation from, the money allocated to any State of the Federation that fails to release allocation meant for
the State Legislature and State Judiciary in line with the financial autonomy guaranteed by Section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended)”.

“Based on the Executive Order at the commencement of this Order for implementation of financial autonomy for State Legislature and State
Judiciary in line with section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended), all States of the Federation shall include the allocations of the two Arms of Government in their
Appropriation Laws.

“Article 6 (1) provides that “notwithstanding the provisions of this Executive Order, in the first three years of its implementation, there
shall be special extraordinary capital allocations for the Judiciary to undertake capital development of State Judiciary Complexes, High
Court Complexes, Sharia Court of Appeal, Customary Court of Appeal and
Court Complexes of other Courts befitting the status of a Courts.”

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