FG playing lip service to Judicial autonomy -Wike

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Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the Federal Government of being unserious about granting autonomy to the judiciary in total disregard to the country’s constitution.

Wike made the remark on Thursday during the inauguration and handover of the National Industrial Court Judges Quarters in Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.

The Rivers Governor explained that in a federal system of government, only the executive arm of government, at all the tiers, has the powers to present the annual budget to either State or National Assembly and also signed it into law.

Governor Wike noted that his government has totally implemented judicial autonomy as well as that of the legislature with releases of their financial entitlements as contained in the budget up till 2021.

He explained that the money released by Rivers State to the judiciary far exceeds the planned deductions by the federal government and added that his government is not owing parliamentary workers who are also presently on sympathy strike.

The former Minister of Education said he was motivated to build the residences for the judges, recalling when, as a Chief Judge, he got a call at about midnight that a judge was locked out of his rented apartment by a landlord.

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