What Did You Do With Your Money?, Wike ‘Queries’ Rivers Judiciary
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, is not impressed by the way the state judiciary manages it’s funds.
The governor said there was no reason why the state high court would not have enough court rooms for Judges to preside cases in view of the capital allocations to the arm of government.
Wike spoke at the flag-off of construction work on the Magistrates Court Complex that was performed by the Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday in Port Harcourt.
Wike said so much money has been spent in the health sector, but does not compare to what had been spent in the judiciary.
He queried what the judiciary had done with its capital budget in the last six and half years of his administration.
According to him, the judiciary cannot receive such money and still wait for the executive to provide offices for it’s personnel and effect repairs on existing offices.
He said, “Let me say something I find very disturbing because it is self-indictment. You said that people sit in the morning, people sit in the afternoon because of no space.
“The question now becomes what has the judiciary been doing with their capital budget. Because I’m surprised. All these (projects) that are been done is done by the executive. We release your capital budget as at when due.
“Again, why do you recommend for the appointment of new magistrates when you know there is no court for them. Why? As I speak today, we are not owing the judiciary any dime.”