Wednesday, 8 February 2017

2017 budget defense: Anambra State Judiciary makes case for law books, law reports publications

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State House of Assembly has said it was poised to provide for the state judiciary needs in the 2017 appropriation bills, and also help them realise these plights through making necessary laws and motions.

The State Chairman, Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Chugbo Enwezo, who disclosed this while interacting with the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Anali Chude and some units heads of the ministry, expressed displeasure over the state inability to publish law reports and state law book apart from those published in 1991 when Anambra state was created.

Enwezor, who observed that the agitations to make provisions for these projects had lingered on for over five years but all to no avail, noted that sometimes the reports reaching them shows that the funds appropriated for them were either not released in full or not released.

He also advocated for establishment of the state law library, and other things, which he believed would be useful for legal luminaries, researchers and entire Anambrarians.

Speaking also, a member of the committee, Timothy Ifedioranma, assured the ministry that the hallow chamber would not rest on its oars, adding that they would make necessary efforts to provide for their utmost needs in the appropriation, as well as to pass bills and motions that would trigger their provisions.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Anali Chude, had earlier explained that non release of funds was among the reasons the ministry underperformed in the 2016.

Chude, who said that N163, 7000 was appropriated for them in 2017 budget estimate, maintained that the provisions if passed would help them to carry on with their annual sensitisations, capacity building workshops and numerous other projects begging for urgent attention.

That was even as he noted that the ministry was able to develop and renovate some of their buildings at Onitsha and Ogidi, and still need more funds to complete the projects to avoid encroachments.

The Executive Secretary, Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Christian Nnabuife expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the budget defense, assuring that their plights and those of Anambrarians would be met if their demands are been met in 2017 budget estimates.



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