Never again will Rivers people be denied access to justice – Wike

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PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike  has  declared that never again would the people of the state be denied access to justice  in the form of the closure of courts.
 Wike  also  declared that never again would the state judiciary be compelled to go cap in hand to the executive arm to beg for funds as his administration has instituted self-accounting  status for the judiciary as  well established  the independence of the  judiciary.
The governor  spoke on Thursday at the  Rivers State Chief Judge’s Ceremonial Court in Port Harcourt while declaring open  the 2015 /2016 Legal Year. The last legal year ceremony held on 11th January, 2013 before the  last  administration plunged into judiciary crisis.
The governor stated that his administration has also released funds to the state judiciary for capital projects  in courts and judicial facilities across the  state.
According to him, his administration released N350m to the State High Court for capital  projects, N150m to the State Customary Court of Appeal and another N200m  to the High Court  for additional  capital  projects. He additional capital  funds will  also be  approved for  the  Customary  Court of Appeal.
He said : “As a political scientist and lawyer, I appreciate  the interplay  of law and politics in a democratic  setting and in particular,  the  preeminence of law in social  engineering and achieving  good governance.  It is the knowledge acquired from these disciplines that have made me appreciate  the judiciary  as one critical  area for the success of our administration.
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“Let me  remind  us all of our collective responsibility to respect and uphold the core values of the rule of law, equity and separation of powers. Above  all, the judiciary is so vital and essential to the just and effective governance”, he said.
He noted that the administration has commenced  the  building of a new law centre for lawyers in the state, construction  of  a  new Federal High Court complex and  judges quarters.
Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Daisy Okocha commended Governor Wike  for the restoring the pride of the judiciary.
She said that the governor  has enhanced the independence  of the judiciary  through  the  implementation of self accounting platform.
The  legal year was preceded by  a Church Service.

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