REPORTER: LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has charged the judiciary to always be objective and impartial in the discharge of their judicial duties.
Governor Ikpeazu gave the charge in a message to the opening of the Abia state Judicial Legal year in Umuahia.
The Governor represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ude Oko Chukwu, noted that no democracy could survive without being founded on the rule of law and independent judiciary.
He maintained that lack of financial autonomy, the independence of the judiciary and gains of the legislature negate the primary legal goals of the principle of separation of power which would enable the three arms of government to function independent of one other.
Dr. Ikpeazu pointed out that the financial autonomy of the judiciary would no doubt strengthen the country’s democracy and deepen political inclusion.
He called on all to join hands in ensuring that all hicups and challenges that seem to delay the implementation of financial autonomy of the judiciary were tackled and eliminated for the good of the democratic process.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Arisa Onuoha Ogwe, stated that the judiciary remained the constitutional arbiter of all disputes in the democratic system and must at all times maintain its independence.
He called on the government to put all necessary legal frame work in place to ensure that the constitutional provision relating to the funding of the judiciary is implemented.
The theme of the 2022/2023 legal year is “Judiciary: the Challenges of the non Implementation of the Financial Autonomy”.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU