According to Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the judiciary’s function is essential to democracy’s continued existence.
This was said by the Minister on Thursday during a meeting with a group of Federal High Court judges in his Abuja office. The delegation was headed by Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Among the three arms of government, he claimed that the judiciary is the most important and shouldn’t be treated any differently.
Wike pledged that the FCT Administration will keep giving the required assistance to improve the court’s functioning in the region.
Speaking on the Federal High Court judges’ request for land allotment, the minister gave an assurance that land will be allocated to them by the FCT Administration, but noted that it would be done in phases.
In order to promote growth, he also promised to build infrastructure in places where his predecessors had made allocations.
“If there are other problems that you think the administration can help with, do not hesitate to let us solve them,” Wike added.
Barrister Wike was praised earlier by Hon. Justice Tsoho, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, for his unselfish service to the people of Rivers State and for his support of the judiciary, which is his primary constituency.
However, Tsoho bemoaned the fact that Federal High Court Judges were denied access to various policies that would have improved the welfare of judges and justices, both serving and retired, because they were unlikely to be posted to their home states as a result of the unusual nature of their jobs, which led to their frequent postings and transfers.
He made a petition to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to grant Federal High Court justices land in the FCT as a token of appreciation for their national service, which he said makes them federal citizens.
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