The vice presidential candidate of the peoples Democratic party Governor Ifeanyi Okowa says the state government will prioritise access to justice as part of efforts to expand and broaden Justice delivery.
Governor Okowa who was represented by his deputy said this at the second meeting of the body of Attorneys General of states of the
Federation in Asaba.
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Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, Okowa said that the meeting was taking place at a crucial time in the country’s history as the nation was in the electioneering season.
He stated that in order to broaden access to prompt dispensation of justice, his administration had sent three Executive Bills – Delta State Administration of Civil Justice Bill 2022; the Delta State Administrative Procedure Bill 2021 and the Delta State Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2022 – to the House of Assembly.
Governor Okowa said his administration was irrevocably committed to the financial autonomy of the Judiciary and the Legislative Arms of Government “hence I signed into law the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) which is a critical step for the independent control of the judiciary’s internal fiscal management and appropriations’’.
The Chairman of the Body of Attorneys-General of States of the Federation, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, said that the judiciary played an important role in the development of the nation, noting that without the instrumentality of the law, the nation would be in chaos.
He said that judges had kept the nation together through various pronouncements in the courts and through the laws passed by Attorneys-General at both Federal and states level.