The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has directed its members in all branches across the country to visit their State Governors and demand for full compliance on Financial Autonomy of Judiciary
The Directive was contained in a Circular, signed by the National President, Olumide Akpata and addressed to all Members of the Association in the Country.
He said after due consultations with several stakeholders, NBA has come to the inevitable conclusion to directed its Branches Chairmen in each State to visit their Governors and present to them a Joint Written Demand on the financial autonomy of Judiciary.
In the Circular, Olumide Akpata urged Chairmen of the Association’s Branches to ensure that they mobilised their members during the visit.
“The Chairmen of the NBA Branches are further requested to ensure that these visits are embarked upon, every subsequent Monday, until there is full compliance with this demand.Financial Autonomy: JUSUN Obliges Meeting Governors Forum.
He pointed out that the demand is aimed at strengthening democracy and the dispensation of justice in the country.
The President furher said the demand for financial autonomy of Nigerian Judiciary is legitimate, constitutional and in the best interest of the judiciary as it is one of the key parameters for enthroning independence of the Judiciary and fostering democracy.
” Prior to the commencement of the strike action, the Nigerian Bar Association while supporting the objective of the industrial action, had taken a position that the timing of the strike action would work hardship on legal practitioners, and everyone involved in the justice administration process
” As a result NBA has since then in touch with JUSUN and other critical stakeholders to discuss the strike action and various strategies for resolving same in the interest of everyone concerned”. Olumide Akpata explained.
He worried that most of the Governors are not ready or willing to implement the constitutional provisions which grant financial autonomy to the Judiciary.
” It is also important to note that an earlier meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 14th April 2021 with the Nigerian Governors Forum did not hold as there was no feedback from Nigerian Governors Forum, the most critical stakeholders in this issue.
The President of the Bar, called on members of the Association support the leadership of their respective branches to achieve much needed victory of justice system.
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