By Joyce Remi-Babayeju
The FCT Minister, Barr. Nyesom Wike has emphasized that the judiciary plays a vital role in the nation’s Democracy.
Wike made this known when he received a delegation of Federal High Court Judges, led by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho who paid a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Thursday, November 2, 2023.
The Minister noted that the judiciary, as an independent arm of government, plays a significant role for the survival of democracy and should not be considered any less among the three arms of government.
He therefore reiterated FCT Administration’s commitment to provide the necessary support to enhance the operations of the judiciary in the territory, adding that provision has been made in the 2023 supplementary budget of the FCT for the construction of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
The minister said, “Just yesterday, I went to the National Assembly to defend the supplementary budget and there we included the building of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal.”
Speaking on the request for land allocation to Federal High Court Judges, the Minister assured that land would be allocated to them by the FCT Administration, but noted that it would be done in phases.
He also pledged the provision of infrastructure in areas where allocations had been made by his predecessors to encourage development.
“If there are other problems that you think you have that the administration can help, do not hesitate to let us solve that problem”, he assured.
Earlier, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Tsoho commended Barrister Wike for his selfless service to the People of Rivers State and for his support to the judiciary as his primary constituency.
Hon. Justice Tsoho, however, lamented that the frequent postings and transfers of Federal High Court Judges, due to the uniqueness of their job meant that they were denied various forms of policies that enhance the welfare of Judges and Justices both serving and retired, since they are not likely to be posted to their States of origin.
He therefore appealed to the FCT Minister to allocate land in the FCT to serving Federal High Court Judges, as a form of recognition for their services nationwide, which he said makes them federal citizens.
In attendance were Hon. Justices G, K Olotu, B.F.N Nyako, I.E Ekwo, D.U. Okorowo among senior officials of the FCTA.