The governors, under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, said they will ensure Nigeria attains the highest level of transparency and openness in governance.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day conference on the implementation of autonomy of state legislature and state judiciary in Abuja, Chairman of NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, pledged the cooperation of the governors with the Federal Government to achieve the implementation strategy and ultimately ensure full autonomy of the legislature and judiciary at sub-national levels.
He said though Nigeria’s democracy was 20 years old, it had not been a smooth sail, even as he commended the current administration’s focus on ensuring that rough as the journey might be, it will surely take Nigeria to the promised land.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, commended Buhari for his assent to the bill, noting that autonomy was central to the practice of democracy, especially the separation of powers
On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said local government areas needed to be strengthened and urged state assemblies to act fast.