Olaleye Idowu

The Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) has come to terms with the proposed financial autonomy for an Arm of government coming from the judicial staff union of Nigeria which led to its continued strake action to press home its demands.

The Governors forum led by its chairman  Its chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gave the assurance yesterday after he led members to a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the State House, Abuja.

Addressing newsmen, the Ekiti State governor noted that all stakeholders were on same page, as an agreement had been reached on modalities for implementation.

“There has been no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomies,” he said.

“So, that issue has been fully and holistically addressed. But we don’t just want to agree to something on paper without working out the modalities for implementation.

“Thankfully, the meeting we have just emerged from, with the Chief of Staff to the President chairing, has worked out the modalities to the satisfaction of all parties,” Fayemi added.

He said the document was being cleaned up preparatory to the take-off.

“As soon as the final document that is being cleaned up emerges, the implementation will definitely not be later than the end of May 2021.

He appealed to the striking workers to return to their offices.

On the contentious N60 billion currency printing, the forum said its silence was deliberate.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, JUSUN’s National Chairman, Comrade Marwan Alonge, said the decision to call off the demonstration followed a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

Represented by the National Treasurer, Comrade Jimoh Alonge, he stated: “We had met with the Minister of Labour and Employment where he promised to meet with the governors and get back to us. But the day we were to meet, the meeting was postponed indefinitely.”

Noting that the alleged indifference informed the protest, Alonge added that the action was to be taken to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and others to unravel reasons behind the non-compliance with the Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammad Buhari.

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