The dust over the implementation of autonomy for the Judicial and Legislative Arms of Government across the country has been settled in Plateau State, with the commencement of the implementation of autonomy on 12th June after series of negotiations on modalities for its operations.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong who disclosed this at a dinner and lecture to mark Democracy Day 2021 in Jos said 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. These include establishing the Judicial Service Commission and the House of Assembly Service Commission which are the administrative fulcrums of the two arms of government among others.
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.
This, he said, would continue to be the practice henceforth.
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.
The governor, who thanked the speaker of the House of Assembly and the chief judge for their understanding and cooperation throughout the negotiations, said there was no winner no vanquished. He then called on Judiciary and Legislative workers unions to ensure they get back to work immediately as anything short will amount to absence from duty which attracts “no work no pay”.
The governor also received the report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality from the chairman, Retired Justice Philomina 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.