The judiciary in Delta State has been granted financial autonomy by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, thereby ensuring the complete independence of the third arm of government.
Uduaghan, whose administration had ensured that the judiciary in the state runs its capital budget independently, yesterday gave legal backing to the practice by signing the state Judiciary Financial Autonomy Bill into law.
Another bill on Delta State Model Primary Schools Bill 2014 was also assented to by the governor after they were presented to him by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Onwusanya.
The governor, who threw light on the relevance of the bills at the ceremony which was attended by principal officers in the state assembly, members of the judicial arm of government and the state executive council, stated that his administration was giving legal backing to its programmes to ensure their sustenance.
He explained that the judiciary financial autonomy bill besides guaranteeing the financially independence of the judiciary would reduce industrial actions in that arm of government.
The governor disclosed that funds to the judiciary under the law are to be released quarterly based on revenue that actually accrued to the state.
He stated that the model primary schools law was very important as sound education was very necessary for the youths of the state, adding , “government is about laws and what we are doing as a state is to ensure that those programmes that we have put in place are not jettisoned when we leave office.
“As much as possible, we are giving legal backing to our programmes,” Uduaghan stated, noting that the law on model primary schools was very important as the schools were designed to match the best in the world.
“We need to protect these schools to ensure that the standards were maintained, we need to provide quality education, use Montessori method of teaching at that level and promote the culture of discipline and hard work in our schools.”
He disclosed that the model schools would not be supervised by the Ministry of Education but would be directly under the Governor’s office to ensure that the desired standards were maintained.
The Speaker of the state assembly, Onwusanya while presenting the bills, informed the governor that they passed through a rigorous process in the legislature and lauded the good working relationship between the three arms of government in the state.