“It is in recognition of this global best practice that the framers of our constitution enacted the provisions of sections 81(iii) and 121(iii) of the constitution.
“Mainly to guarantee financial autonomy of the federal and state judiciaries, “he said.
Nwosu said that true federalism could be adequately encouraged in the nation, through active implementation of the doctrine of the separation of powers.
Nwosu said that it was unfortunate that the law had been observed in breach by successive administrations in the state.
“President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2020, issued the executive order No10 mandating the Accountant-General of the federation to commence the deduction from source, the funds accruing the state judiciary in the consolidated revenue funds to the states.
“And transfer same to heads of courts, in line with the dictates of the constitution,” he said.
Responding, Ikpeazu said that the state government under his watch, would do the needful in terms of supporting the quest for financial autonomy of the judiciary.
He said: “Sincerely speaking I think at the end of the day, I would have so much burden lifted off my shoulders if that begins to happen.
“But you must realise that budget is an expression of intention and the crafters of our constitution imagined a stable economy and financial expectation, at every month and year,“ Ikpeazu said.
The governor urged the judiciary to evolve fair and equitable modalities for effective application of the privileges that come with financial autonomy in the operations, and resources of the judiciary.
He said this would go a long way in ensuring that the aim for instituting financial autonomy for the judiciary would not be defeated. (NAN)