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Presidency Issues Strong Warning To State Governors

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The Presidency has asked State governors to comply with the Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Naija News reports that the Executive Order 10 mandates all States to include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

The Order grants financial independence to them as against the previous practice which was widely condemned.

Speaking to newsmen on Sunday, Secretary, Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy for Judiciary and Legislature, Ita Enang, said it would facilitate development and promote financial accountability.

According to Enang, one important feature of the financial autonomy is that all the three arms of government will have full details of budget, allocations, income, expenditure and balances of accounts.

He said: “So what the president is doing is to ensure that Houses of Assembly is independent not for the purpose of attacking the governors but for checking the executive and making government more responsible.

“The governors will know that the judiciary is independent and same with the legislature, these arms of the government need not to get approval from the governors in order to execute their respective duties”.

Enang added that the provision stipulated that the governors upon receipt of federal allocation and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), must remit the same to the respective arms.

Where any governor fails to remit the money due to the arms, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) will deduct that amount standing to the credit of that state in the federation account and remit directly to arms concerned.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.