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Buhari Grants States’ Legislature, Judiciary Financial Autonomy

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to states’ legislature and judiciary.

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The president, who broke the news on Twitter, added that his administration would “continue to do everything to strengthen the principles and practice of democratic governance in Nigeria.”

“Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary,” he said.

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Buhari signed the executive order six months after the conference of speakers of state assemblies in Nigeria urged him to make such a move.

Although the amended 1999 constitution had incorporated the independence and financial autonomy for state legislature, it is not being implemented in many states.

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With the order in effect, it could mean that federal government allocations for the state and judiciary will now be separated from the source instead of being left at the control of governors.

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