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Update: Buhari nominates Monica Dongban-Mensem as court of appeal president to the senate

Buhari has sent in the name of Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as nominee for the position of President Court of Appeal.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the nomination of Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the Acting President, Court of Appeal, to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive President Court of Appeal in line with the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

This was disclosed by President Buhari in a tweet posted this afternoon through his official twitter handle.

The president in his statement said, ”I have sent the nomination of Justice Monica Dongban Mensen, Acting President Court of Appeal to the Senate for confirmation as President Court of Appeal in line with the recommendation of the National Judicial Council”.

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Monica Dongban-Mensem who is the most senior Judge of the court of appeal was first appointed in an acting capacity in March 5, 2020, for an initial term of 3 months, following the retirement of the then President court of appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa and subsequent recommendation from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad.

Her tenure in acting capacity was further extended for another 3 months in May 29, 2020, following the expiration of the initial 3 months.

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Although some of the critics expressed concerns at the delay in the confirmation of Dongban-Mensen ad the appeal court president, the presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, said that the president is not a rubber stamp and would rather wait for relevant security clearance before her confirmation.

Going further, Shehu said that this is not about ethnicity or religion but rather security and law enforcement agencies being allowed to complete their work and as such the president should not be stampeded in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    Financial Autonomy: Governors, State Speakers reach agreement

    The Governor also said that the final document of the agreement should be ready for implementation by May 2021.

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    The Governors’ Forum, Conference of Speakers of State Legislature and other governance stakeholders announced that they reached a resolution over the implementation of financial autonomy for State Legislature and Judiciary.

    This was disclosed by the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, after the meeting, which was held in Abuja on Monday, and presided by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

    What the Governor said

    “We are here for legislative and judicial autonomy and Governors; Speakers of State Assemblies and the Judges of the States are on the same page as far as this issue is concerned,” he said.

    We just emerged from a meeting with the Solicitor General of the Federation, the representatives of the judiciary and those of the Conference of Speakers and we are all in force; an agreement has been reached.

    READ: Finance Minister tasks FG and state governments to control spending

    The issue is about implementation. There has been no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomy.

    As a matter of fact, it would not have passed if governors were not in support in the first instance. So, that issue has been fully and holistically addressed,” Fayemi said.

    The Governor also said that the final document of the agreement should be ready for implementation by May 2021 and urged striking workers  to return  to offices “because as far as this has gone, we have met with all the parties concerned and the President, through his Chief of Staff, has been monitoring what has been happening.”

    What you should know

    Nairametrics reported earlier this month that members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) went on strike with the closure of Federal High Courts in different states across the nation. The union said the purpose of the strike was to draw attention to the financial autonomy of Nigeria’s Judiciary.

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    Finance Minister tasks FG and state governments to control spending

    The Minister also denied claims that the FG printed N60 billion as top-up for March FAAC numbers.

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    The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has called on Governments on all levels in Nigeria to control spending amid decreasing revenues and urged for prudent government spending. The Minister also denied claims that the Federal Government printed N60 billion as top-up for March FAAC numbers.

    The Minister disclosed this in an interview on Monday and warned that the FG was not generating enough revenue to align with its spending habit.

    READ: UK to return £4.2million seized from Ibori to Nigeria

    Zainab Ahmed added that the FG would maintain its stance from January 2021 to end total fuel subsidies in Nigeria, and confirmed talks with organised labour on subsidy removal.

    “As a nation, the Federal, State and Local governments must review expenditure patterns. We are spending too much and we are not generating enough,” she said.

    READ: Resolving the global debt and liquidity crises, issues and possible solutions

    What you should know 

    Nairametrics reported last month that the Debt Management Office had announced that Nigeria’s public debt at end of 2020 was N32.915 trillion. The DMO said the sum of the debt included the Debt Stock of the Federal and State Governments, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

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