The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has opposed Executive Order 10 issued last year by President Muhammadu Buhari to guarantee the independence of the two arms of government at the state levels.
Representing its Chairman, Kayode Fayemi at a meeting of the forum with French Minister in charge of Foreign Trade and Attractiveness, Frank Riester, in Abuja, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, said the governors did not require the Executive Order to implement the financial autonomy of the two branches of government.
According to him, the governors did not need any Order 10 to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary since they played key role in the passage of the financial autonomy legislation.
He, however, said that certain criteria had to be put in place for financial autonomy for the judiciary to commence at the state level.
“You don’t wake up one day and say you are doing financial autonomy, because a law is passed, there must be processes.
“For instance, as a former Speaker, I will tell you that you cannot do financial autonomy until you establish a service commission. You must establish a state Allocation Committee. All these are steps towards autonomy.
“You don’t achieve autonomy in a day. We did it in the National Assembly, and there was no Order 10 for implementation. It took them stages. The federal government is aware.
“Members of the National Assembly, who are governors today, were members who fought for the autonomy, so how can we be against the autonomy?” Mr Lalong asked.
The governor also said governors were already consulting with Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) currently on strike, adding that the NGF would be meeting with them on Wednesday, “to finalise the issue”.