Governors to meet Wednesday over financial autonomy for state judiciary, legislature/ NGF

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has announced its members would meet on Wednesday to deliberate on the recent executive by President Muhammadu Buhari granting financial autonomy for states’ judiciary and legislature.

The Forum’s Head of Media and Public Affiars, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the meeting would be held via teleconference.

The statement added that the meeting, billed to take off by 2pm, is expected to be attended by all governors across the 36 states of the federation.

The statement read: “Among the issues to be reviewed are a number of critical national questions that revolve around the financial autonomy for the states’ judiciary and legislature code-named the Executive Order 10, 2020.

“The governors will also touch issues around the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ownership, the controversial National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.

“Also to be discussed is the restructuring of states’ loans and the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deductions, which have been a recurring decimal on the governors’ table.

“As usual the governors will be given an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, as well as review a letter from the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as it relates to the pandemic draft regulations.”

Recall that Buhari had on May 22 signed an Executive Order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the states, a move that has continued to raised dusts across the country.