Scrap presidential committee on autonomy now – NGF tells FG

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The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, has asked for dissolution of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary.

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This was one of the decisions taken at the NGF’s 17th Teleconference meeting yesterday.

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The decisions were contained in a communique signed by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the NGF.

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The body said: “The NGF resolved to call for the immediate dissolution of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary as this Committee is now acting as a permanent committee basically misguiding and overheating the relationship between state governments and the other arms of government.

“The NGF agreed on the need to continue to maintain COVID public health guidelines and vaccination protocols to ensure that the transmission of the virus is kept at the lowest level possible.

“The NGF agreed on the need for states to meet their SFTAS obligations and resolved to put the necessary legal frameworks and institutions in place.

“The NGF Chairman briefed the Forum on an ongoing consolidation exercise between the Forum and the Budget Office of the Federation to consolidate public finance data of the federal, states and local governments into a national budget portal.

“He urged his colleagues to share details of their local government budgets and financial statements in addition to State government data already published.”

Also, the NGF deliberated on Executive Order 10 and said: “Talks have reached an advanced stage with the Ministry of Labour, Conference of Speakers, National Judicial Council and the NGF. All parties are working earnestly to resolve the issues surrounding the implementation of the order.

“There are, however, legal aspects of the order that need to be tied up, but which cannot take place if officials responsible for these final processes are on strike.

Governors are happy to implement the demands of the Judiciary and the Legislature.

“The NGF-NESG Economic Roundtable (NNER) Steering Committee was inaugurated on Wednesday 21st April 2021.

“The roundtable is a sub-national platform expression of the NGF and NESG, based on a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between both institutions at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) in October 2017.

“The goal of the partnership is to promote strategic cooperation between State governments and the private sector to drive investments, economic growth, productivity, and shared economic reform agenda across the 36 States of the federation. Membership of the Steering Committee include governors of the six geopolitical zones and 6 captains of industry.”

Also, the NGF was briefed by the Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa-led Committee interfacing with the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on the activities of the PSC.

It also expressed support for Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State for his handling of the labour crisis rocking the state and called for industrial harmony. It then called on labour unions to return to the negotiation table.

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