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Plateau implements “some structures” for Judicial, Legislative autonomy

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Plateau State government has reached an agreement (with the three arms of government) after series of negotiations on modalities for its operations of the dust over the implementation of autonomy for the Judicial and Legislative Arms of Government across the country.

The State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, disclosed this at a dinner and lecture to mark Democracy Day 2021 at the Banquet Hall of the New Government House, Little Rayfield Jos, recently.

He noted that, prior to the clamour for implementation of autonomy across the nation, his administration had put in place structures for autonomy and even implemented some aspects.

He said these include establishing the Judicial Service Commission and the House of Assembly Service Commission, both of which are the administrative fulcrums of the two arms of Government, among others.

Accordingly, he said, with the agreement reached on modalities for implementation, he has directed that all funds accruing to the two arms of Government should immediately be transferred to them, adding that, “this will continue to be the practice henceforth.”

The governor said, based on the arrangement, after every FAAC monthly allocations are received and Internally Generated Revenues ascertained, statutory charges and liabilities will be deducted before each arm of Government are given what belongs to them.

He commended the Speaker of the House of the Assembly and the Chief Judge for their understanding and cooperation throughout the negotiations, saying, “There is no winner, no vanquished.”

He then called on Judiciary and Legislative workers’ unions to ensure they get back to work immediately, as anything short of this will amount to absence from duty, which attracts “No work, no pay.”

Similarly, the governor also received the report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality from the Committee Chairman, Retired Justice Philomena Lot, who said ,they received over a hundred petitions and struck out a few, but had many petitioners appear to make their cases.

The governor assured that the State will implement all the recommendations relating to it and forward those concerning the Federal Government and its agencies appropriately.

Guest Lecturer, Prof. Andrew Zamani; DG ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, and Acting DG NIPSS, Gen. Udaya (rtd), all commended Governor Lalong for pursuing peace and tackling insecurity, which has brought about investment and development in the State.

Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonny Tyoden, and Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, used the commemoration of the two years of the second tenure to reaffirm the commitment of the Administration to implement all its projects and fulfill its campaign promises.

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