Ebonyi Speaker Hails Buhari’s Executive Order for legislature, Judiciary Autonomy
By Victor Nwegede
The Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has hailed President Muhammad Buhari for his 2020 Executive Order which granted an autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the states in the country.
Speaker Nwifuru has specifically noted that the 2020 Executive Order Number ten (10) of President Buhari is a new development that would fastrack the advancement of the Legislative and Judicial arms of governments across the 36 states in Nigeria.
The President, on Friday, signed into Law, an Executive Order to grant financial autonomy to the Legislature and Judiciary across the 36 States in fulfilment of the power vested on him as the President of the country under Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
This contains in the statement issued by the Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Leo Oketa on Saturday and circulated on the state platform for news-updates. The statement hinted that the order would guarantee the execution and maintenance of the Constitution and Laws made by the National Assembly.
It added: Speaker Nwifuru during his usual Saturday briefing on behalf of the State’s COVID-19 Fundraising and Welfare Committee on EBBC radio 98.1 fm and Salt TV, noted that despite the good news from the Presidency, nothing will change in the affairs of Ebonyi State House of Assembly as they have been enjoying Legislative Autonomy under the leadership of His Excellency, Engr. Chief. David Nweze Umahi – Governor of Ebonyi State.
“This has been a struggle between the Legislative arm of Government, the Executive and the Judiciary, struggling to be autonomous financially and administratively. Fortunately here in Ebonyi, our Governor understands the principle of separation of powers and six months in office, he constituted the House of Assembly Service Commission. The Law was passed in 2011 but no one ever constituted the Commission, but six months after his swearing in, I presented the matter to him and he approved it and constituted the Commission immediately.
“After the National Assembly passed the House of Assembly Autonomy into Law – that is the 4th alteration – Section 121 (3) of the Constitution, once the section came in place after the assent of Mr. President, His Excellency the Governor said that whatever is due for the House of Assembly should go to them and we made a Financial Management Law in the House, which the Governor assented to, that every fund meant for the House of Assembly must be transferred directly to them.
“So what His Excellency, the President did was giving more clarification and also more directive to make sure that the financial autonomy is implemented 100 percent. He exercised his constitutional powers and you must obey based on Section 5 of the Constitution – that every section of the Constitution must be obeyed no matter who the person is and that is what Mr. President did by issuing Executive Order No 10.
“For me, the actions of Mr. President is in line with the Constitution and it is a welcome development, especially for those who have been suffering. For us here in Ebonyi, we’ve been lucky so nothing will change because what Mr. President signed is exactly what is happening in Ebonyi here.”
Recall that Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru is the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and is currently the Chairman of the State’s COVID-19 Fundraising and Welfare Sub-committee.