FG Lacks Legitimate Power To Seize States’ Funds – Ekweremadu

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Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, today Friday 29,2020 said the Federal Government has no power to seize funds belonging to State Governments over the implementation of the recent order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It could be recalled that the federal government has released details of Executive order No.10 of 2020, four days after it was signed into law by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The details signals the implementation of Financial Autonomy for the State Legislature and Judiciary Order of 2020.

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With Buhari’s assent, the legislative and judicial arms of government in the 36 states of the federation will no longer have to wait on State governors for funds.

As a further push towards its implementation, Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had warned that States that refuse to comply with the Executive Order may have their funds withheld.

But Speaking in Enugu, Ekweremadu said “the FG has no such powers, the Supreme Court has said so.”

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He gave assurances to concerned Nigerians in a radio program at  Enugu.

 

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