January 28, 2023

Plateau agrees to autonomy for Judiciary, Legislature

Gov. Simon Lalong

Officials in Plateau State say they have reached agreements for the implementation of autonomy for the legislative and judicial arms of Government in the State, likely the first to reach the feat after months of nationwide clamour.

Government had long before the strike action by judiciary and Legislative staff workers established a Judicial Service Commission and House of Assembly Service Commission preparatory to the full implementation of autonomy, Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong said, Saturday.

Funds accruing to the two arms of Government should “immediately” be transferred to them, from the recent agreements reached, Lalong said during a dinner and lecture to mark Democracy Day 2021 in Jos.

“Based on the arrangement, after every FAAC monthly allocations are recieved and Internally Generated Revenues ascertained, statutory charges and liabilities will be deducted before each arm of Government are given what belongs to them,” said the Governor in a statement from the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Simon Macham.

Lalong however called on striking Judiciary and Legislative workers unions to “resume work immediately as anything short will amount to absence from duty which attracts no work no pay”.