The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has said with the signing into law the bill granting financial autonomy to the judiciary it hopes to to see a new Judiciary without dilapidated Courts, renting in shops or houses.
The union in a statement signed by its president, Comrade Adamu Mustapha Marwan, while commending President Buhari over the signing of the law said it also hope it will usher in a new era which ensures all necessary stationaries to ensure a conducive working environment that would lead to smooth delivery of Justice in the country.
He said the new law will further deepens the financial autonomy of the judiciary as it has removed the hands of the executive arm of government completely from the financial affairs.
He said, the new law has vindicated the union which has led their struggle for financial autonomy for the judiciary
He said, “Our position has always been that sections 81(3), 121(3) and 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution have spelt out the autonomy of the judiciary but that what was missing was the will of the executive arms of government particularly at state levels to comply.
“But it is heartwarming that the fourth alteration to the Constitution signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last week has deepened the financial autonomy and the independence of the judiciary
“With the alteration to the Constitution funds due to the judiciaries and the legislatures of various states will now be directly paid to them from the Federation Account.
“This came as a victory for our years of struggle to liberate the judiciary, from the shackles of under funding, poor budgetary allocation and execution, leaving the nation with a deprived third arm of government that must go cap in hand to the executive, particularly at state levels in order to survive.”
He said JUSUN has led the struggle for the past five years, after it went to court in 2013 to enforce the constitutional provisions on the funding of the judiciary.
Marwan explained that Justice Adeniyi Ademola (now retired) of the Federal High Court in Abuja in a landmark judgment delivered on January 13, 2014, made several orders including one abolishing “piecemeal payments/allocations of funds through states’ Ministries of Finance to the states’ judiciary”.
He said, “In line with the constitutional provision, the court ordered that the various state governments to pay the “funds/amounts standing to the credit of the states’ judiciary in the federation/consolidated revenue fund to the heads of courts in the various states’ judiciaries”.
“With the judgment coming from a court of competent jurisdiction, we had thought that the battle was over especially when neither the federal government and all the 36 state governments joined as defendants to the suit did not appeal against it.”
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