Abia Govt Committed To Financial Autonomy Of The State Judiciary- Gov Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu says his administration is committed to the implementation of the financial autonomy for the Judiciary.

 

 

Governor Ikpeazu stated this when he received in audience the Forum of Abia State Nigerian Bar Association Chapters led by the Chairman, Samuel Nwosu Esq at the Government House, Umuahia.

 

 

He said; “Abia State Government under my watch will not hesitate to do the needful in terms of supporting the quest for financial autonomy for the judiciary.

 

“Sincerely speaking, i think at the end of the day, i will have so much burden of my shoulders of that begins to happen.

 

“I have no business trying to run the judiciary for those who are supposed to run it”.

 

The Governor disagreed with the assertion that the Governors were frustrating the move for financial independence of the Judiciary

 

He promised to direct  the relevant authorities to work out modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State judiciary and used the opportunity to commend the forum for going about their agitation peacefully.
Governor Ikpeazu however told the delegation to be realistic in their expectations because budgets are statements of financial aspiration adding that the current situation in Nigeria today brings a lot of uncertainty in financial issues, especially as it relates to government income.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Forum of Abia State NBA Chapters and the Chairman of the NBA Ukwa Branch, Samuel Nwosu Esq who said their visit was to draw the Governor’s attention to the non implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary across the 36 States of the country which led to the nationwide strike regretted  that non implementation of the financial autonomy has adversely affected the activities of the Judiciary.

 

According to him, the National Leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association chose to stand with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria on this issue as it is both a constitutional provision and a democratic imperative.

 

He requested the Governor to set in motion the process of implementing financial autonomy for the Judiciary in the State, noting that implementing it would be historic since successive administrations in the State have not done it.

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