ABUJA, (CAJ News) – IN a move seen as mending relations, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has assured the state Judiciary of adequate funding.
He said this would end the trend which had seen the judiciary ever soliciting for funds from the executive arm of the Federal Government, hence compromising its independence.
Wike gave the assurance in Port Harcourt while declaring open the 2015 and 2016 Legal Year.
He said his administration had also released funds to the state’s judiciary for capital projects in courts and judicial facilities across the state.
Wike said his administration released N350 million to the State High Court for capital projects, N150 million to the State Customary Court of Appeal.
Another N20 million had been afforded the High Court for additional capital projects.
The governor said additional capital funds will also be approved for the Customary Court of Appeal.
He meanwhile noted that the administration has also commenced the building of a new law centre for lawyers in the state, construction of a new Federal High Court complex and judges quarters.
“As a political scientist and lawyer,” he said.
“I appreciate the interplay of law and politics in a democratic setting and in particular, the preeminence of law in social engineering and achieving good governance.”
He said the knowledge acquired from these had made him appreciate the judiciary as one critical area for the success of his administration.
He appealed to stakeholders to respect and uphold the core values of the rule of law, equity and separation of powers.
“Above all, the judiciary is so vital and essential to the just and effective governance,” Wike said.
The Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Daisy Okocha, commended the governor for the restoring the pride of the judiciary.
The sentiments come hot on the heels of the state’s poll tribunal nullifying Wike’s election amid concerns of irregularities.
Wike and his People’s Democratic Party questioned the verdict.
– CAJ News