Bayo Oyewale , Lokoja
As part of efforts to ensure effective and efficient administration of justice in the Country, the Chief Judge of Kogi state , Justice Nasiru Ajanah has called for the implementation of financial autonomy of the States Judiciary as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria .
Justice Ajanah who made the call on Tuesday while speakong at Okaba community in Ankpa local government area of Kogi state during the official commissioning of Okaba Magistrate Court , said time has come when the financial autonomy of the States Judiciary guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution should be given life and breath.
According to him “Section 121(3) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides “Any amount standing to the credit of the judiciary in the Consolidated revenue fund of the state shall be paid directly to the said bodies respectively in the case of judiciary, such amount shall be paid directly to the heads of Courts
“The financial autonomy of the States Judiciaries is sine qua non to the effective and efficient administration of justice in the states of the Federation. It is time , we should not be left in a situation where we can not build Courts simply because we have to go cap in hand to the Executive.
Justice Ajanah who pointed out that Section 6(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) ,stated that “The judicial powers of the Federation shall be vested in the Courts, noted that the Courts that will exercise these powers must be given appropriate infrastructure from which they will operate.
“Indeed, access to justice can only be a reality when Courts, like the one built here, are available in all our towns no matter how remote”
The Chairman , National Working Committee of Okaba community, Alhaji Salihu Musa said the community initiated the project to complement the efforts of the state government in ensuring that there is quick dispensation of cases in the state.
While commending the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim (SAN), for building the edifice from scratch in order to bring justice closer to the people, the Chief Judge called on Okaba Community to support the work of their illustrious son by ensuring that the property is not vandalized.