Buhari Signs Bills Granting Financial Autonomy To State Assembly

0
318

Signs 3 Others

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed four bills related to the Nigerian Constitution’s Alteration 4th Amendment into law.

Significant was the assent to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial autonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states

Briefing State House correspondents on Friday, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, said the new law grants financial autonomy and independence to Houses of Assembly and judiciary in the states.

He said: “The funds due to the judiciary are now to be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors.”

“And the funds standing in the credit of the Houses of Assembly in the states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of the states for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the Houses of Assembly.”

The Statement By Senator Enang

“I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

Therefore upon this signature the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to be now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors and no more from the governors and then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the States Houses of Assembly. This grants full autonomy now to the judiciary at the state level and the Houses of Assembly at the state level.

This allows the State Houses of Assembly to operate like the National Assembly does because the National Assembly does not get its budget from the Executive.”

Proshare Nigeria Pvt. Ltd.

The Four Bills Assented To By The President Effectively Amending The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999

1. Law governing Financial Autonomy of State legislatures described above; known as Constitution amendment number 4.

2. Law governing ascension tenure limits for a vice-president or deputy governor who completes the terms of their principals to seeking reelection only once more; known as Constitution amendment number 16 or Restriction of Tenure of President and Governor . The principle is premised on the “fact that having taken the oath as President once, you can only contest for once again and no more.”

3. Law governing determination of pre-election matters which reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters; known as Constitution amendment number 21.

4. Law governing the conduct of bye-elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); known as Constitution amendment number 9. INEC will now have sufficient time to conduct bye elections, by increasing the number of days from seven (7) to twenty-one (21) days and generally widened the latitude of the Independent National Electoral Commission to handle election matters upon vacancy occurring.

It is worthwhile to note also that the Reduction of Age for Election Bill was signed to law two weeks ago; known as Constitution amendment number 27 – popularly known as the Not Too Young To Vote Bill.

SHARE
Previous articleHow to have more passionate sex, according to science
Next articleAbiola June 12: Buhari desperately seeking to garner votes ahead of 2019 Presidential election – PDP
Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.