President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary in accordance with the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.
This was contained in a Statement on Sunday which stated that, “the purpose of the committee is to drive the actualisation of the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the State level, and its membership is as follows:
“Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Chairman; Senator Ita Enang, Presidential Liaison (NASS), Secretary;
Representatives of State Judiciary to include; Hon. Justice N. Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi; Hon. Justice K. Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa; Hon. Kadi Abdullahi Maikano Usman, Grand Khadi, Gombe Sharia Court of Appeal; and
Hon. Justice Abbazih Musa Abubakar Sadeeq, Acting President of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal.
“State legislatures are to be represented by 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 House of Assembly.
“The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria is to be represented by Marwan Mustapha Adamu; Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade Bala Hadi;
Body of Chairmen of Houses of Assembly Service Commissions, Musa Mustapha Agwai; Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru; 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 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; and Chike Adibuah Esq, representing CSOs.”
The statement added that the “Terms of reference of the committee include, 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) and; 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.”
Also, “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).”
The formal inauguration of the committee will be done by the President in due course, the statement said.