Senator Ike Ekweremadu Speaks on States’ Funds

Senator Ike Ekweremadu
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Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Former Deputy Senate President, on Friday, 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.

The President had signed an Executive Order which provides for full autonomy of the States Houses of Assembly and the Judiciary.

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

He stated this while explaining the Executive Orders recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had signed the financial autonomy for the states’ judiciary and legislature, code-named the Executive Order 10, 2020.

Malami said the assent was aimed at complementing existing legislation, enhancing operation and enforcing legal provisions.

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

He also declared that the contentious Infectious Disease Bill currently before the National Assembly will fail.

He gave assurances to concerned Nigerians in an on-going Dream FM, Enugu programme ‘Political Voices’, being monitored by DAILY POST.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial Zone declared that “the bill is more dangerous than the infectious disease itself,” adding that “the provisions of the bill are not in tandem with our constitution.”

He said the bill will certainly not be passed.

Culled from: Daily Post


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