Abuja - In a move seen as mending relations,
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has assured the state Judiciary of adequate
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
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.
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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
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 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