Niger Sets To Grant Financial Autonomy to Judiciary.
YAHAYA ZAKKA MINNA.
Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said his administration is committed to granting full financial autonomy to the judiciary.
The Governor stated this during the Valedictory Court Session for retired Chief Jugde ,Justice Aliyu Muhammad Mayaki and the swearing-in of Justice Aisha Lami Bwari as the Acting Chief Judge of the State held at the High Court in Minna.
Governor Abubakar sani Bello mentioned that as soon as the modalities of the financial autonomy are reached his administration shall not hesitate to give Judiciary full autonomy.
The Governor said that during his administration he has witnessed about four transition in the Judiciary leadership now and assured acting Chief Judge, Justice Aisha Lami Bwari of his administration’s continued support to the judiciary .
He said the welfare of the judiciary and good working environment of the staff will continue to remain a priority even as it has since commenced the renovation works in many of the Magistrates and Sharia Courts across state,maintaining that it will be sustained.
The Governor who said he is committed to making the Judiciary function effectively decried over the level of delapidated nature of Court’s especially at the rural areas calling on all concerned to take necessary action to change the narrative.
He appreciated retired Justice Aliyu Mayaki for his meritorious service to the state as Chief Judge,having brought in his wealth of experience to bear, urging him to avail himself whenever his services is needed in the State .
Also speaking after her swearing-in, the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Aisha Bawa Bwari said that her leadership will focus on infrastructure development taking into consideration of vast land in the judiciary complex to provide more office accommodation..
The Acting Chief Judge Aisha Bwari observed that Infrastructure been key to ensuring quick dispensation of justice, said her leadership will do everything possible to make working environment for the Legal practitioner’s and worhers more conducive.
In his remarks, the retired Chief Judge, Justice Aliyu Muhammad Mayaki appreciated the cordial relationship and the support accorded him by the State Government and other legal practitioners which he said contributed to the success of his tenure.
He Commended the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for granting the Judiciary partial autonomy as well as for the support and financial backing given to the Judiciary to enable it record successes in the areas of training, staff welfare and provision of some insensitive for the Magistrates across the state.
Justice Aliyu Mayaki however called on the state government to look into some of the challenges faced by the Judicial arm of government which he said include financial constraints, official vehicles and payment of promotion arrears and implementation of promotions and annual medical allowances