The National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Kunle Edun has commended the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for signing Executive Order No. 10 which makes it mandatory for all funds accruing and due to the Judiciaries and the Legislatures of the States to be paid directly to their various heads .
In statement on Monday, Mr. Edun stated that “For long the State judiciaries have been under the domineering and strangulating influence of the various State Governors.
“Thus making the Chief Judges of the various States to always go cap in hand begging State Governors for release of funds due to the Judiciary. This ultimately affects the independence of the judiciary and make the Chief Judges subservient to the State Governors.
“This sad situation led to the neglect of the State Judiciaries by the various State Governors except States where the Governors are in good relationship with the State Judiciaries.
“Executive Order 10 will go a long way in asserting the constitutional independence of the States’ Judiciaries as a different arm of government, and ultimately give the Chief Judges of States the respect they deserve as the leaders of an arm of government in their States. The new independence should also impact positively in the appointment process in the judiciary and make it
devoid of Executive interference in the appointment of Judicial officers.” Mr. Edun asserted.