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Governors pledge to ensure full states legislature, judiciary autonomy

Governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum, have thrown their weight behind the implementation of financial autonomy of states legislature and judiciary, saying it will ensure Nigeria attends the highest level of transparency and openness in governance. 

Chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who gave the assurance at the opening of a two-day conference on the implementation of autonomy of state legislature and state judiciary in Abuja, added that they will work with the federal government to achieve the implementation strategy and ultimately ensure fully autonomy of the legislature and judiciary at sub-national levels. 

Yari, represented by Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, noted that though Nigeria’s democracy is 20 years old, it has not been a smooth sail, he however commended the current administration’s focus on ensuring that rough as the journey maybe, it will surely take us to the promise land. 

Yari added that the condition for a sustainable democracy include the autonomy of the legislature and the judiciary.

He said: “I totally aligned with the motion that the legislature and judiciary autonomy are necessary precondition for an enduring democracy. This enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in government. May I also assure you that the state governors are collectively committed to the enthronement of a strong and viral  democracy in Nigeria and would work with the federal government to achieve the National implementation strategy and ultimately ensure fully autonomy of the legislature and judiciary at sub-national levels. 

“The NGF fully supports Mr. President reform agenda and share its passion for transparency and zero corruption. We commend the efforts of the committee in putting together this very decisive conference to see that Nigeria attends the highest level of transparency and openness in governance.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, commended President Buhari  for his assent to the bill, noting that autonomy is central to the practice of democracy especially separation of powers 

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu noted that local government areas need to be strengthened he therefore urged state assemblies to act fast. 

He also advocated for State Police, thanking  the federal government for it’s interest in the implementation of the law.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National