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President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of States’ Legislature and Judiciary. The decision is in compliance with the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina in a statement yesterday said the purpose of the committee was to drive actualization of the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the state level.

Membership of the committee included Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, who will serve as Chairman. Others are the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, Secretary and Representatives of State Judiciary.

Members from the judiciary are Hon. Justice N. Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi State; Hon. Justice K. Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State; Hon. Kadi Abdullahi Maikano Usman, Grand Khadi, Gombe State Sharia Court of Appeal; and Hon. Justice Abbazih Musa Abubakar Sadeeq and President of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal.
The membership of the committee also included Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, as well as Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Riah, Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of States’ Legislature and Judiciary. The decision is in compliance with the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina in a statement yesterday said the purpose of the committee was to drive actualization of the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the state level.

Membership of the committee included Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, who will serve as Chairman. Others are the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, Secretary and Representatives of State Judiciary.

Members from the judiciary are Hon. Justice N. Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi State; Hon. Justice K. Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State; Hon. Kadi Abdullahi Maikano Usman, Grand Khadi, Gombe State Sharia Court of Appeal; and Hon. Justice Abbazih Musa Abubakar Sadeeq and President of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal.

The membership of the committee also included Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, as well as Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Riah, Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly.

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria would be represented by Marwan Mustapha Adamu while Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade Bala Hadi. The Body of Chairmen of Houses of Assembly Service Commissions, Musa Mustapha Agwai; Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru while the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Judiciary, Hon. Aminu Shagari; the Accountant General of the Federation, and the Secretary of the National Judicial Council.

Others are Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Governors Forum or such other representative as the Forum may wish to nominate; Chairman of the Forum of Finance Commissioners in Nigeria; President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN; and Chike Adibuah Esq, representing Civil Society Organizations.

Adesina said the terms of reference of the committee included, among others; to assess and review the level of compliance by all the 36 States of the Federation with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); to monitor, ensure and cause the implementation of Financial Autonomy across the Judiciary and Legislature of the 36 States; to consult and relate with the appropriate Federal and State MDAs; to ensure and where necessary enforce the implementation of constitutional provision; and to come up with appropriate modality or model to be adopted by all the States of the Federation for implementation and/ or compliance with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2018/12/buhari-inaugurates-autonomy-committee-for-state-legislatures-judiciary/

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