Judiciary Deserves Priority Attention – Gov Otu

  • Praises Reps on enhanced 2024 budgetary provision
Gov Otu with Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Judiciary, Rt Hon Wole Oke

BY UBON EKANEM, CALABAR – Cross River State Governor, Prince Bassey Edet Otu says Nigeria deserves a strong and independent judiciary to further strengthen its democracy and robustly defend the rights of all citizens.

Accordingly, he has lauded the House of Representatives for taking proactive steps towards enhancing the welfare and effective service delivery by the nation’s judicial arm of government.

Speaking when the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary visited him in Calabar, the Cross River capital, Prince Otu said given the sensitive and important role of the judiciary in advancing democratic tenets in the country, the lawmakers’ proactive action is very timely and deserves commendation.

He said as long as the judiciary remains as the stabilizing factor for democratic growth in the country, it behooves on all arms of government to synergize towards advancing their welfare.

For Governor Otu, enhanced allocation to the nation’s judiciary from N150 billion to N300 billion in the 2024 budget is a welcome development and would greatly assist in promoting efficiency, independence, fair and equitable justice system in the country.

However, the governor, who said the provision is still below acceptable standards, acknowledged that it is a remarkable departure from the past where the judicial arm always go cap in hand begging for funds to run its system.

He said everything possible should be done to support the Judiciary which in the people’s eyes acts as the dispenser of Justice; Protector of their rights; and Guardian protector of the country’s Constitution.

While identifying scarce resources as the major obstacle hampering proper funding of the State judiciary as well as other sectors of the economy, Governor Otu assured that his administration would not relent in supporting the judicial arm of government to meet its obligations to the people.

In his remarks, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Rt Hon Oluwole Oke, who led other members on the courtesy visit, said they were in Cross River in line with their constitutional oversight functions and to interface with members of the judiciary on navigating the way forward for an effective and efficient justice delivery in the country.

Appreciating the governor for maintaining a peaceful and cordial relationship with the State judiciary, the lawmaker said if the judiciary must continue to remain as the last bastion of hope for the common man, then the warm relationship existing between both arms of government must be encouraged

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