The Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, has said the Governor Douye Diri-led administration has commenced the implementation of financial autonomy for the state judiciary.
Abiri, said this while declaring open the 2021 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yenagoa Branch, with the theme: “Judicialisation of Politics in Nigeria: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities.”
The Bayelsa Chief Judge said, “On a very cheery note, I want to also say that when the (state) Attorney-General was making his goodwill message, he told us of the willingness of His Excellency (Governor Diri) to comply with the constitution.
“I wish to announce to us that he has already begun to comply with the constitution on autonomy of the judiciary. He told me that, ‘look, I don’t want you to bring any memo to me like other commissioners will be doing, I don’t want it. ‘I will send your money to you, particularly for capital (expenditure), quarterly, and for the overhead, monthly, which is the usual thing.’ And this, he promised to do in February.”
She lamented that the nationwide strike embarked upon by judiciary workers was having an adverse effect on the administration of justice.
The chief judge noted that judiciary workers in the state joined the strike out of sympathy with their colleagues because the state. She expressed hope that the strike will come to an end soon.