The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has assured the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Atilade of the assistance of the Assembly towards ensuring the Judiciary in the state is financially autonomous.
Obasa, who stated this while receiving the delegation of the Chief Judge in his office at the Assembly complex on Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015, further stated that this would enable the judiciary carry out its responsibilities more effectively.
Atilade, represented by the Chief Registrar of Lagos State Judiciary, Mr. Emmanuel Ogundare, had earlier sought the assistance of the House on attaining financial autonomy and also urged the House to involve the Judiciary in the process of lawmaking.
‘‘We will solidify the mutual respect and the good relationship existing between us and the Executive arm of government which started years back. We will surely assist where necessary to ensure your operations are effectively carried out,’’ the Speaker said.
While commending the Chief Judge for the reforms implemented so far and the recent freeing of prison inmates, the Speaker however appealed to her to strive more on decongestion of court cases and prisons.
‘‘I would want to commend your effort towards the revamping the judicial process and administration of justice in Lagos State. We will strive, working together with your office, my Lord, to make our state a worthy one in the federation,’’ he promised.
Atilade informed the Speaker that the state Judiciary has been struggling with little fund for years to attain higher level, saying the revenue generated by it are usually remitted to government covers.
According to the Chief Judge, the only fund the Judiciary makes use of is the one appropriated to it by the House of Assembly.