The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Justice Godwin Abraham, says the financial autonomy granted to the judiciary will enhance quick dispensation of justice in the country.
Abraham said this in a statement in Uyo on Sunday.
He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He expressed confidence that the financial autonomy would engender far reaching consequences for the judiciary in terms of infrastructural development and capacity building.
“On behalf of the judges and the entire staff of the judiciary in Akwa Ibom, I hereby express deep appreciation to the President for the decision to grant the judiciary the implementation of the autonomy.
“This will reposition the judiciary for effective administration of justice and for the benefit of the people of the state and nation,” he said.
Abraham said he did not envisage difficulty in implementing the financial autonomy in Akwa Ibom since there was an existing cordial and collaborative relationship between the three arms of government in the state.
He described Gov. Udom Emmanuel as a governor that had shown strong commitment to the development of the judiciary over the past years.
He, however, said that the new fiscal scheme portended challenges for the judiciary and called for tremendous sense of responsibility, stressing that the judiciary must be repositioned for effective take-off of the new financial status.
“Quite understandably, the new fiscal scheme portends great challenges for the judiciary and calls for tremendous sense of responsibility.
“In this regard, we are already repositioning the judiciary for effective take-off of the new financial status, ” he said.
The chief judge solicited the cooperation of stakeholders towards realising the objective of the new financial regime.
Buhari on May 22, signed into law, an Executive Order giving state legislature and judiciary autonomy.
The autonomy was expected to strengthen institutions of the two arms of government at the states level, to make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)