Ebonyi State Government has signed the Judiciary financial autonomy bill into law.
Governor David Umahi who announced this at a Special Court session marking the commencement of 2021 and 2022 Legal year of the State Judiciary at the State High Court Abakaliki, said the development was to further strengthen the principle of separation of power.
Gov Umahi explained that though the judiciary’s financial autonomy was aimed at fighting corruption, the provisions were skewed against the Executive Arm hence the need for an amendment.
He added that the state government would capture the construction of courts and quarters for Judges in the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi State in next year’s budget.
Chief Judge of the State, Justice Elvis Ngene however called on the State government to take a decision on the statutory fund to be allocated to the State Judiciary to end the long agitation on financial autonomy.
Reporting by Amechi Kingsley; editing by Muzha Kucha