Former Second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Ubani, has said that State Government’s will have no excuse in implementing the recommendations of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary.
The Presidential Implementation committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary had on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, submitted a report which President Muhammadu Buhari assured that he will study, and take an appropriate decision.
Mr Ubani who was guest on Channels TV breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, stressed that the issue of financial autonomy is a constitutional matter and the Government should also issue a white paper which will be implementable by all the states.
“The committee has made a recommendation on the modalities of operation so if it becomes implementable, no state will give an excuse in implementing because there has been a pronouncement made by the government.
“The government should issue a white paper as an executive order because it is a constitutional issue and there is a provision in the constitution.”
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He also stated that the move by the Buhari-led government is a serious one and the implementation has to be obeyed because it is in the law.
“I don’t think the Federal Government has done anything wrong by having a committee that has made a recommendation, if any state government now disobeys, it means the government does not mean well in the first place.
“The guarantee is that it will be made as a pronouncement; it has to be obeyed because it is in the law and the law must be obeyed.
“I think the FG is trying to do the right thing; they started with the NFIU directive, state policing and now its financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislative assembly so that we can have good governance because the overall objectives are that people must feel the presence of government at every tier.”