Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has inaugurated a committee for the implementation of financial autonomy for the state judiciary.
The committee chaired by Umeh Kalu, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, is expected to work out modalities for granting financial autonomy to the Abia State judiciary.
Ikpeazu, while inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Umuahia, said by this step the government had started the journey of giving the judiciary the opportunity to manage their finances as well as complete independence.
He noted that the economic situation in the country had made it imperative to manage finances prudently and advised the judiciary to make financial prudence the hallmark of its activities as the state government was ready to give the judiciary free hand to manage its finances.
He stated that his administration would not relent in managing the lean resources of the state well, and disclosed that in the last four months, local governments in the state had received far less money than what was required for their salaries and overhead.
Responding on behalf of the other members, the committee chairman, Kalu, thanked the governor on behalf other members for taking the bold step when other states were yet to start, and promised that the committee would not disappoint him.