Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to provide for the management of funds accruing to Anambra State Judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of the state.
This is to ensure accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilization of the funds.
The House of Assembly passed the bill during last Tuesday’s plenary.
In accordance with the provisions of the bill, Anambra State Judiciary is empowered to manage its Capital and Recurrent Expenditure, while its Board shall monitor and direct the manner in which funds in the Judiciary Accounts are applied for the services and administration of the Judiciary.
It also empowered them to ensure that funds in the Judiciary Accounts are applied in the Judiciary according to the monetary threshold approved by the state Accounts Allocation Committee, approve and award all contracts, procurements and services above twenty million naira among others.
In his submission at committee of the whole, the chairman, Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Honourable Douglass Egbuna, noted that the bill would facilitate quick dispensation of Justice and enable the judiciary to discharge its duties without fear or favour.
After the bill was adopted clause-by-clause, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Right Honourable Uche Okafor, read out the bill to the house, while the lawmakers supported it through a voice vote.
Also at the plenary, the House passed another resolution lifting the ban it place on employment and the process of employment at the Anambra State International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri and the Ministry of Justice.
It resolved that the state can now proceed with the employment of needed staff at the Airport and Ministry of Justice, provided the due process is followed.
Reading the resolution, Honourable Okafor explained that the House took the step after due legislative oversight and appearance of the Commissioner for Works, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, before the house, where they pledged their commitment towards applying due process in the employment.