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Financial autonomy: Lagos CJ seeks backing of executive, legislature

By Dapo Akinrefon & Ebun Sessou

Lagos—The Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunlayo Atilade is seeking the backing of the executive and legislative arm of government in the state with the view to ensuring financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The Chief Judge said the call for assistance became necessary owing to the challenges it has had to contend with in the recent past.

She said the challenges were due to dearth of resource and failure of the relevant agencies to release finance as at when due to expedite justice.

Recall that Justice Atilade, had some few days ago, made a courtesy call on the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode with the view to formalising the process for financial autonomy for the third arm of government in the state.

Atilade, who was represented by Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Ogundare, at a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said if the judiciary gets the required financial autonomy, it will assist in the prompt dispensation of justice dispense justice.

According to her, “It is unfortunate that despite the fact that bills being attended by the House is normally publish before passage, the judiciary don’t normally get copies on time to make meaningful contribution, urged the speaker to look into it so that they can have full contribution to it.”

In his remarks, the Lagos Speaker commended the Chief Judge for her efforts at ensuring quick delivery of justice in the state since assumption of office.

He assured the CJ that the House would look into their budget at the appropriate time, with a view to ensuring the the judiciary is financially autonomous in the state.

Obasa noted that the issue of autonomy for the judiciary is not new as the issue came up during the 7th Assembly.

He, however, assured that the lawmakers would look at how the autonomy can be achieved by working with relevant agencies to get the best result.

 


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