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ANAMBRA State Government is set to unveil Law on Judicial Autonomy as 2021/2022 Legal Year commences.
The state governor, Willie Obiano made this disclosure on Friday, at the Eucharistic and Thanksgiving Mass marking the commencement of the 2021/ 2022 Legal Year at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka
The governor, who was represented by the Head of Service, Mr. Harry Uduh , stated that the much anticipated autonomy will contain all the judicial agitations, noting that other arms of government, the executive and legislature have since been enjoying the dividend of autonomy.
“It is a welcome development for the judiciary as the state will be one of the first in the country to unveil the law, he stated”.
According to him, the law had been passed by the state House of Assembly and is due to be made public in few weeks’ time.
He assured ndi Anambra of continuous cordiality between the judiciary, executive and legislature as the three arms of government have remained partners in progress, and prayed that the existing relationship be extended to the incoming administration.
Commending the unprecedented award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the Supreme Court , in which 10 recipients were of Anambra extraction, the Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu described the feat as eloquent testimony of the industriousness, diligence and efficiency of the courts.
Justice Anyachebelu lamented that most needs of the judiciary are yet to be met as remuneration of judicial officers is overdue for increment, stressing the need to grant them immediate financial autonomy.
On her part, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uju Nworgu commended the government who recently engaged the services of 100 lawyers, who in different capacities will prosecute criminals and civil cases on behalf of the state.
Dr Nworgu said that funds have consistently been made available by the state government for training and retraining of lawyers in the ministry to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor said “ in all our dealings , we should have it in mind that serving God is liken to serving humanity”.
More so, he emphasised on being upright ,especially in the judiciary, saying that all are doomed if the judiciary is in any way compromised as it is obtainable in our present Nigeria:
Highlighting Phil 4:8, the bishop, who was represented by the diocesan vicar 1, Very Rev Father Peter Akaenyi, urged Christians not to be deterred in the issues of live’s challenges as well as injustice that has become the order of the day.