FG, GOVS TABLE REVENUE-SHARING MODEL TO END FINANCIAL AUTONOMY DISPUTE

Written by on May 10, 2021

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNORS OF THE 36 STATES OF THE FEDERATION HAVE AGREED ON A REVENUE-SHARING FORMULA TO RESOLVE THE RAGING DISPUTE OVER THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR STATE JUDICIARIES AND LEGISLATURES.

IF THE AGREEMENT IS ACCEPTED BY JUDICIAL AND PARLIAMENTARY WORKERS, WHO HAVE BEEN ON A STRIKE FOR OVER ONE MONTH TO PRESS HOME THEIR DEMANDS FOR FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR THE TWO ARMS OF GOVERNMENT IN THE 36 STATES OF THE FEDERATION, FUNDS FROM THE FEDERATION ACCOUNT DUE TO EACH STATE ARE TO BE JOINTLY SHARED AMONG THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATURE AND JUDICIARY IN EACH STATE.

THE NEW PROPOSAL, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH THE JUDICIARY STAFF UNION OF NIGERIA (JUSUN) AND PARLIAMENTARY STAFF ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (PASAN) AT A CONCILIATORY MEETING LAST THURSDAY IN ABUJA, SEEKS TO REPLICATE THE FEDERAL REVENUE-SHARING STRUCTURE IN THE STATES.

QUEST NEWS GATHERED THAT UNDER THE NEW TEMPLATE, THE GOVERNORS WILL ESTABLISH, WITHIN 45 DAYS OF THE AGREEMENT, STATES ACCOUNTS ALLOCATION COMMITTEE (SAAC) TO SHARE REVENUES AMONG THE EXECUTIVE, THE JUDICIARY AND THE LEGISLATURE, THE SAME WAY THE FEDERAL ACCOUNTS ALLOCATION COMMITTEE (FAAC) SHARES REVENUE BETWEEN THE FEDERAL, STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS.

THE PROPOSAL ALSO STIPULATES THAT THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION (AGF) WILL INVOKE EXECUTIVE ORDER 10 AGAINST ANY STATE THAT FAILS TO ABIDE BY THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT


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