Katsina Ready To Grant Autonomy To Judiciary – Masari
By Segun Olaniyan On Apr 21, 2021 5:49 PM
KATSINA – Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has declared a willingness to grant autonomy to the judicial arm of the state.
Masari, however, said that those struggling for the independence of the judiciary should bear in mind that such autonomy is always determined by the resources available at the disposal of the government.
The Governor stated this when he received a delegation of the caretaker executives of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), at the Government House, Katsina.
According to him, the state government had been funding the state judiciary with regard to capital demands of not less than ninety percent.
The Governor stated that going by the revenue performance of the state, the state government is giving the judiciary more than its revenue performance which is about 60 per cent.
“If the state government relied on the federal allocation, the judiciary and other arms of government would suffer,” he concluded.
Barrister Ahmed Usman El-Marzuk, the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, earlier, said the visit was in compliance with the directives of the National leadership of NBA to meet with Governors on the issue of the ongoing JUSUN strike in respect of the independence of the judiciary.
Barrister Abubakar Mohammed, the state NBA caretaker chairman, on his part, appreciated the state Governor for his efforts to support the implementation of the independence of the judiciary in the state.
“This can be seen from the full implementation of segments of autonomy of the sector. The judiciary requires not only financial independence but also autonomy on staff recruitment.”