Justice Nasir Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi state has said that financial autonomy for the Judiciary at the level of states is not negotiable in view of its constitutional provision.
Ajanah who disclosed this in Lokoja at flag-off of Information and Communication Technology, ICT Training for Court Registrars and Secretaries at the state High court complex said Section 121(3) of the constitution provided for financial autonomy of the Judiciary at all levels.
“It is only when section 121(3) of the constitution is complied with that the state judiciaries may begin to occupy their rightful places in the country”, he said.
lawExplaining further, he said that if the judiciary must be seen to lead the vanguard of deepening Nigerian democracy, staff welfare is cardinal to the administration of justice, and only full financial autonomy can guarantee that.
“That is why it is vital to state again that the financial autonomy of the judiciary, especially at the state levels, cannot continue to be negotiated as this is constitutionally provided”, he said.
On the ICT training, Ajanah said that the Judiciary through the National Judicial Commission, NJC began implementation of the Nigerian Information Technology Policy in 2012.
The chief Judge noted that three years down the line, the state judiciary had been on gradual but steady implementation of the contents of the policy with the intention to derive its entire objectives, stressing that it now had a functional website.
“We have, in this regard, been able to gradually put in place the essential technical requirements to lay the foundation that is steadily leading us to our desired goal.
“We have installed in some of our courts audio recording devices for the purposes of data storage and minimization of lengthy court proceedings in terms of note taking as part of the process” the Chief Judge added.
Earlier, the Chief Registrar of the High court, Alhaji Yahaya Adamu commended the Chief Judge for computerizing the judicial and administrative processes of the courts and for putting the state judiciary ahead of others in ICT development.

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