By Adewuyi Simeon
The Governor made the assertion on Tuesday in Kano while receiving leaders of Kano and Ungogo branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on a courtesy call at his office following the directive of the association’s national president to press the demand for an autonomous judiciary.
According to the Governor, “Whichever formula and procedure our forum, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum comes up with, I am ready to accept and work with it.”
Ganduje said he’s pleased with the manner in which the union conducted themselves in pressing their demands stressing that the manner shows they are learned.”
He however stressed that there is no doubt about the dire need for separation of powers, especially in the presidential system of government, saying Kano is doing it’s best and we will continue doing so.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar, the governor listed some things his administration did for the judiciary in the state including payments of many kinds to the sector, from personnel to infrastructural development.
“Amongst them was the establishment of the Court of Appeal which we spent hundreds of millions of Naira on. We also paid the rent for their staff accommodation for two years and we furnished the accommodation very well.” Ganduje added.
In his own remark, the NBA Chairman, Kano branch, Aminu Sani Gadanya, after briefing the governor about the directive given to all branches of the Association across the country by its national president commended the governor for the good work in the judiciary.
He said, “We are here on the directive given to us by the National President of our association, to pay courtesy visits to our governors in all state branches. We are also presenting an official letter from our national headquarters to you,”
He also appreciated governor Ganduje’s efforts in sponsoring members to the Conference of Magistrates Association of Nigeria and sponsoring other members to the National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting organised by NBA.
“We are aware of your efforts in renovating our courts, you did well in the appointment of khadis and judges, all during your tenure. The Court of Appeal was established during your administration. Before, we used to take our cases to Kaduna. But with the establishment of another Court of Appeal here in Kano, we found it extremely important and timely,” Gandaya said.
They Association also reminds the governor that, judicial autonomy could only be achieved through financial autonomy, hinting that, the judiciary is fully aware of the economic condition of the state. But at the same time Section 121 (3) provides for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.