Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Stop Cutting Judiciary Budget, Judge Tells National Assembly

Abakaliki — Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta has told the National Assembly to henceforth stop cutting down the judiciary budget since such reduction has contributed immensely towards non-actualization of some basic projects in the sector.

"The continual cut-down of the budget of the judiciary should be stopped by the National Assembly so that we can advance some of our basic needs essentially in the area of infrastructure," Justice Auta emphasized.

The Chief Justice's comment followed President Goodluck Jonathan's call, Tuesday, on the elites to understand the workability of the judiciary in nation-building, just as he said that the transformation agenda of his administration was on course.

Both President Jonathan and Justice Auta spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital during the commissioning of the Federal High Court Complex, Abakaliki, which was performed by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who stood in for the Presaident. He, however, praised the judiciary for living up to the needed expectation regardless of the hard time facing the sector.

Justice Auta recalled how in 2004, the new commissioned federal High Court, Abakaliki, through a memo from the Ebonyi state government was built, stressing that the transformation expected in the judiciary sector would only happen when budget made for the sector was improved upon.

However, President Jonathan also explained that the experience towards the expansion of the judiciary such as that in Ebonyi state was targeted towards effective justice delivery which, he emphasized, must be attained when those in the judiciary upheld professional ethical code that are the landmark of the profession.

"I am also very delighted that we are witnessing the expansion of justice delivery through the commissioning of a befitting complex in the beautiful city of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital; this is a highly esthetic building for the benefit of the judges of the high court of the federation," said the President.

He further said, "As I felicitate with the Chief Judge of the Federal high court, my lord Hon. Ibrahim Auta on his landmark achievement, I wish to call on well meaning Nigerians, the elite and the opinion leaders to galvanize their intellectual energies in the working of the judiciary in the nation development."

According to him, "I am aware you are indeed passing through a mosttrying time of our national journey. I always want you to uphold the spirit of the constitution, you can not afford to fail at this time when we are poised to deliver essentially on the rules of law and natural justice."

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