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Govs back financial autonomy for state legislature, judiciary

Aminu Tambuwal

Governor of Sokoto State and vice chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Aminu Tambuwal, says the 36 state governors are in support of granting financial autonomy for states’ legislatures and judiciary.

Governor Tambuwal said this after leading the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, who is the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y. Suleiman, to meet with the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the modalities for the implementation of the financial autonomy would be finalised Thursday next week.

Tambuwal was accompanied by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State (who was once a speaker of the state house of assembly) and his Zamfara State counterpart, Bello Matawalle.

The NGF vice chairman, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, while speaking to State House reporters after the meeting on the motive behind the visit, said the interaction was on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Tambuwal said the governors’ decision to implement the policy was in support of the President’s Executive Order, which is in line with the financial autonomy guaranteed by Section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

Tambuwa, who fielded questions on the controversy over the payment of N30,000 minimum wage as some states were yet to implement it, said: “Well, our Chairman (Chairman, Nigeria’s Governors Forum) and the team of governors’ forum are meeting with the labour; I don’t want to pre-empt that meeting please.”