- As Niger State Gets New Acting Chief Judge
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State says his administration is committed to granting full financial autonomy to the judiciary.
Governor Sani Bello stated this during the Valedictory Court Session for retired Justice Aliyu Mohammad Mayaki and the swearing-in of Justice Aisha Lami Bwari as the Acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the State held at the High Court in Minna.
He said as soon as the modalities of the financial autonomy are worked out his administration is ready to give the Judiciary full autonomy.
The Governor who noted that his administration is witnessing about the fourth transition in the Judiciary leadership assured acting CJ, Justice Aisha Lami Bwari of his administration’s continued support to the judiciary to ensure her success.
He said the welfare of the judiciary and good working environment of the staff will continue to remain a priority even as it has since commenced the renovation works in many of the Magistrates and Sharia Courts, maintaining that it will be sustained.
The Governor who said he is committed to making the Judiciary function efficiently and effectively decried over the level of delapidation of courts facilities especially at the rural areas calling on all concerned to take necessary action to change the narrative.
He appreciated Justice Mayaki for his meritorious service to the state as CJ, having brought in his wealth of experience to bear, urging him to avail himself whenever the State requires his services.
Also speaking after her swearing-in, the acting CJ, Justice Aisha who until now was a high court judge said that her leadership will focus on infrastructure development especially through the utilization of vast land in the judiciary complex to provide more office accommodation.
She maintained that Infrastructure is key in ensuring quick dispensation of justice.
In his remarks, the retired Chief Judge, Justice Aliyu Muhammad Mayaki appreciated the cordial relationship and the support accorded him by the State Government and other legal practitioners which he said contributed to the success of his tenure.
He Commended the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for granting the Judiciary partial autonomy as well as for the support and financial backing given to the Judiciary to enable it record more successes in the areas of training, staff welfare, Magistrates, provision of e-research materials and infrastructural development, among others which he said has enhanced justice delivery in the state.
Justice Aliyu Mayaki however called on the attention of the state government to some of the challenges faced by the Judicial arm of government which he said include financial constraints, the backlog of cases, official vehicles and payment of promotion arrears and implementation of promotions and annual medical allowances.