President Muhammadu Buhari has granted financial autonomy to State Judiciaries and State Houses of Assembly as he signed the Fourth Alteration Bill into law.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (senator), Senator Ita Enang made this development known to newsmen on Friday at the Villa.
Enang explained that henceforth state judiciaries and their legislatures would receive their allocation directly from the federal government as against getting it from state governments that was in operative before the law came into being.
According to the President’s aide: “I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.
“Therefore upon this signature the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to be now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors and no more from the governors.
“And then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the States Houses of Assembly.”