Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said no arm of government and sector in the State had been treated poorly in terms of allocation of funds and distribution of infrastructure.
The governor said this at the flag-off of construction work on the Magistrates Court Complex that was performed by the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike said this is the last project his administration will be executing for the judiciary before his tenure ends and assured that it will be completed within 8 months.
According to him, “Let me say something I find very disturbing because it is self-indictment. You said that people sit in the morning, people sit in the afternoon because of no space.
“The question now becomes what has the judiciary been doing with their capital budget. Because I’m surprised, all these (projects) that are being done is done by the executive. We release your capital budget as at when due.
“Again, why do you recommend for the appointment of new magistrates when you know there is no court for them. Why? As I speak today, we do not owe the judiciary any dime.”
Governor Fayemi, who performed the flag-off, commended Governor Wike for the transformational work, not just in the judiciary alone but in every sector of the State.
“From the statistics I’ve seen, 70 percent of matters relating to criminal justice administration are handled at the magistracy. And that contributes immensely to addressing our long-standing problem of awaiting trial detainees in our prisons.
“So, if we provide a conducive environment for our magistrates to function, it goes without saying that they would deliver their responsibilities a lot more swiftly and also cover a lot more grounds to address that challenge.”