Benue state Judiciary to get financial Autonomy-Alia
By Bridget Ikyado
Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has said the Judicial arm of government in the state will get financial autonomy in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Benue State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2021.
Governor Alia made the disclosure during the occasion of the 2023/2024 Benue State Judiciary Legal year celebration, held at the City Bay Event Centre, Makurdi, on Saturday, September 16th, 2023.
In a statment by Sir Tersoo Kula
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, the governor said granting financial autonomy to the judiciary is an essential ingredient of the rule of law, which will enable the judges to apply the law without fear or favour but with respect to the fundamental human rights of the citizenry.
Governor Alia who re-emphasised the determination of his administration to create an enabling investment environment to attract investors to the state, said such a desire can only become possible if the judiciary arm is there to protect investors from unwarranted legal proceedings.
He described the Judiciary arm of government as a valued partner in his administration’s efforts to reposition Benue state as a whole, promising to look into the welfare of Judges including those of the lower bench.
In the words of the governor, “situations where judges of the lower courts in Benue State travel by public transportation including commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘Okada” is an enormous risk and poses grave dangers to the lives of the judges and their work.”
He directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice and Public Order in the State, Barr. Fidelis Mnyim, to liaise with the Chief Judge, Justice Maurice Ikpambese, and work out modalities aimed at improving the welfare of the Judges.
While felicitating with the judiciary in the state, the governor charged them to strive towards ensuring speedy and timely dispensation of justice in this new legal year.
Earlier in their separate addresses, the Chief Judge of Benue State, His Lordship Justice Maurice Ikpambese and Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice and Public Order, Barr. Fedelis Mnyim, emphasised on the special role the judiciary has played in strengthening the electoral process in Nigeria, stating further that the judiciary will continue to act as a pillar of justice and will continue to sustain democracy in Nigeria and Benue State
The event had in attendance, top members of the judiciary in the state, members of the Bench and Bar as well as top government functionaries.