[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”HBgUARZL4uZDE4Woc1d9P5XP6MDsBcev”]The Chairman of Gombe state chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association,NBA, Haruna Saleh on Monday alleged the state judiciary has turned a corrupt system, blaming the neglect of the state government.
Saleh, who disclosed this during the celebration of the 2015/2016 legal year of the Gombe State judiciary, said the neglect of the judiciary has encouraged corruption in its system.
The Lawyer decried the state of decay of the state judiciary’s facilities and infrastructures, noting that its problems were due to inadequate funding.
In his words, “It is however with deep sympathy that the NBA observed that the Judiciary has been neglected in terms of structures and facilities, when we critically look at the dilapidated court rooms.
“And some courts are rented houses and shops, the limited existing structures that are made to be court rooms are now something else that calls for a reasonable and immediate attention. This clearly reveals how judiciary is ranked in the State.”
The NBA chairman explained further that, ”no enough infrastructure and facilities in managing some of the court rooms, books and stationeries, working materials are not adequately provided, this area is only left to the court’s staff in the registry to find their way out by all means.”
“This undoubtedly encourages corruption as they end up using either their personal money or that of litigants or that of their counsel,” he lamented.
Selah further said, “as population is increasing, litigations are multiplying day by day, while funds and facilities, staff welfare are dwindling, this has created an avenue where seeds of fraud and corruption may be sown and germinate, if solution is not timely provided by the Government.”
However, the State Chief Judge, Justice Akila Heman restated the commitment of the judiciary in dispensing justice to all manner of people.
At the occasion, the State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo said government is not unaware of the challenges facing the judiciary particularly in view of the current security challenges and increasing crimes threatening peace and harmony in the North-East.
The governor who spoke through his Deputy, Charles Iliya, said it is against this backdrop that Government considered the demands of the Judiciary Staff Union (JUSUN) which resulted in the mutual agreement which brought to an end the strike action embarked upon by the union.
Dankwanbo said, “We are also mindful of the necessary financial requirements of the judiciary. I am constrained to point out however, that Government at all levels is forced to drastically cut down expenditure as a result of reduction in revenue from the federation account”.
He said, “notwithstanding, I want to reassure my Lords that Government is fully committed towards meeting the demands of the judiciary”.