26 April 2021 by James Itodo…
The Senate has called on executive arm of government, to ensure compliance with the Federal Character principles and other eligible cretaria for appointments ofJudicial officers into judicial offices.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters senator Bamidele Opeyemi made the call in Abuja during the screening of Chief Judge designate for FCT High Court, Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi
Senator Opeyemi in his opening remark stressed the need for strict adherence to the federal character principles so as not to over heat the polity.
He noted that the nation has a true, bright and exciting future in one indivisible country that was been driven by its unity in diversity.
He said all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria’s aspiration was guarded jealously.
He said the senate was aware of the challenges the judiciary had been confronted with in recent times expecially the issue of indeaquate funding that resulted in a nationwide strike.
He, however, said the senate welcomed the position of the State governors to commence implemention of provisions of section 121 sub-section 3 of the 1999 Constitution as amended with effect from May 21.
Opeyemi said the fiscal autonomy of both the judiciary and legislature at the state level as it is at the federal level was non negotiable .
He stressed the need to ensure autonomy for all arms of government in a way that no arm of government could hold the others to ransome, as stipulated in section 81, sub-section 3 and 121 sub-section 3 of the 1999 constitution.
According to him there was also the cogent need to ensure fiscal autonomy of each of the tiers of government especially the local government autonomy if the nation must have a healthy democracy founded on true federalism.