Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has expressed that financial autonomy for the judiciary is unrealistic under Nigeria’s current system of governance.
He stated this while speaking on Thursday at the commissioning of the industrial court judges quarters in Rivers.
Wike stated that there will be challenges with implementation, since the executive — not the judiciary — is responsible for presenting the budget to the legislature.
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“The constitution recognises three tiers of government — the federal government, the state government and the local government. Under the federal government, we have the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and the executive is the only arm that can present the budget to the legislature. The judiciary cannot,” he said.
“It is the head of the executive that has the responsibility to present the state expenditure. The executive, legislature and judiciary will put their budget together for the executive to present to the legislature. It is the executive that will still sign it before it becomes implementable, except the legislature overrides it by a two to the third of majority.
“Things that they are telling you on financial implementation of the autonomy of judiciary and legislature is a lie, and they know it is not correct. We are practising the federal system and I am not bound by any presidential implementation committee.”