Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has signed the Judiciary autonomy Bill into Law.
The Law titled: “the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019 provides for the management of funds accruing to the State Judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of Delta State, and comes into force on 23rd day of January, 2020.
Speaking on it, the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro commended Governor Okowa for the laudable and bold step taken to grant the much desired autonomy amidst the challenges that trailed the legislative process.
Justice Umukoro who equally applauded the Delta State House of Assembly for ensuring the speedy passage of the Bill, noted that the autonomy would enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the state, improve work conditions and facilitate development of infrastructure.
While assuring that the Judiciary would live up to its constitutional responsibility and ensure prudent management of funds accruing to it, Justice Umukoro pointed out that with the assent to the Bill, the Governor has shown for the umpteenth time that the interest of the Judiciary was his priority, even as the Chief Judge reaffirmed the existing cordial and harmonious relationship between the Executive and Legislature and the Judiciary in the State.
Section 6 of the Law provides that the Delta State Judiciary shall have the power to manage its Capital and Recurrent Expenditure in accordance with the provisions of the Law.