■ State assemblies, judiciary get financial autonomy
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Bill 16 into law. The new law stops vice president who completes president’s tenure from contesting twice. The same thing applies for a deputy governor.
Briefing State House Correspondents on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, explained that the Act is to ensure that where a vice president succeeds the president and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than one more time.
“The effect is that having taken the oath of president once, he can only contest one more time and no more. That is the intent of this amendment,” he said.
Enang said Buhari has also signed the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill into law. He said that the new law grants financial autonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly and to the judiciary of the respective states.
Enang said, “I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill, which grants financial autonomy 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.
“The Constitution of the Nigeria 1999 as amended is hereby further amended by the assent of the President to these bills today.”