Abia State Assembly Lawmakers have unanimously passed bill for the financial autonomy of both the Judicial and Legislative arms of government in the state.
The bill H.A.B 39 and H.A.B 42 when signed into law by the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu will ensure that both the judiciary and Legislative arm of the government respectively will no longer rely on the state government to pay their staff and as well meet other needs.
The passage of the bills, infonet9ja.com gathered came came after their considerations at the committee of the whole and as well as after their third reading at the floor of the House during plenary of the legislative arm.
Infonet9ja.com gathered that the bills when passed into law will address the concerns of both the leadership of JUSUN and PASAN in particular and Nigerians in general which has made the two arms of government puppets in the hands of the Executive Arm of government, adding that it will ensure the independence of both the Legislature and the Judiciary in the state.
A source stated “following the need to put Abia State at the same pedestal with what is obtainable at the federal level and, in response to the national clamour for the independence of both the Legislative and Judiciary Arms of Government at both the Federal and State levels pursuant to achieving full autonomy for them, Abia State House of Assembly at plenary of Monday, July 5, passed H.A.B. 39 – A Bill for a Law to Establish Guidelines for the Management of Funds of the Abia State House of Assembly and for Other Related Matters into Law. It is to be cited as The Abia State House of Assembly Fund Management Law.
“Similarly, H.A.B. 42 – A Bill for a Law to Establish Guidelines for the Management of the Funds of Abia State Judiciary and for Other Related Matters was also passed into Law. It is to be cited as the Abia State Judiciary Fund Management Law.
“Recall that the clamour for the autonomy of both the Legislature and the Judiciary at both the Federal and State levels recently led to a nationwide strike action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) which crippled activities at the courts and the State Houses of Assembly.
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“The strike actions were eventually called off after the Presidency and the 36 State Governors gave their commitment to support the autonomy of the two Arms when passed by the lawmaking institutions.”