The Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, has disclosed that the judicial arm of government in the state has been granted financial autonomy by the Senator Douye Diri-led administration.
Justice Abiri made the disclosure at the weekend during the 2021 Law Week organized by the Yenagoa Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
She however, lamented the adverse effects of the ongoing nationwide strike, following the delay by state governments to implement the law.
Justice Abiri explained that the strike by judiciary workers in Bayelsa was in solidarity and to sympathize with their colleagues whose governments were yet to implement the financial autonomy.
The Chief Judge maintained that Bayelsa State started the implementation since February, 2021.
In his remark, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo, seized the opportunity to assure the Bar of the government’s commitment towards fulfilling promises made to it.
He stressed that the present administration in the state holds the judiciary in high esteem and will continue to support it in all ramifications.
In a keynote address on the theme: “Judicialization of Politics in Nigeria: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities,” Justice Biobele Georgewill of the Court of Appeal, Benin Division, highlighted lack of internal democracy in political parties as a major factor responsible for the judicialization of politics in the country.
He therefore suggested that the way forward is overall good governance, transparent and credible elections, enthroning and enforcing internal democracy in political parties and amendment of the Electoral Act to accommodate smart card readers.
He also asserted as the panacea; establishment of an independent electoral offences commission, setting up of political parties commission, and the reduction of judicial interference in political parties.
On his part, Chairman of the Yenagoa Branch of the NBA, Felix Okorotie and the Chairman of the Law Week Planning Committee, Prof. Solomon Ebobrah, highlighted the importance of the Law Week, saying that the theme was carefully chosen to appraise the prospects and challenges of the legal profession.