CNPP decries low budget for judiciary

The CNPP said the poor budgetary allocation might will fuel corruption in the judiciary.

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, on Tuesday said it is worried about the alarm raised by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Muktar on the reduction in budgetary allocation for the judiciary.

Ms. Muktar had recently complained that the reduced allocation portends great danger in the fight against corruption in the judiciary.

“Judiciary officers must be comfortable to enable them discharge their duties wholly without anticipation of Graft,” she had said.

Agreeing with the chief justice, the CNPP in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, on Tuesday said it reckons the strident efforts the CJN made in less than one year to sanitize the judiciary and thus cannot ignore the gravity of the alarm she raised.

“Her point that poor budgetary allocation to the judiciary not only fuels corruption, but undermines and subverts the growth of democracy in Nigeria is well noted,” the CNPP said in a statement.

“We agree with her entirely that a hungry judge cannot transparently and effectively serve the cause of justice and that the judiciary must be protected from corruption that is a trademark social evil in Nigeria.

“May we ask, of what use is the First-Line-Charge of Monetary Allocation provided for the Judiciary in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended; if their budget is poor and hence the judicial officers are put in corruption harm’s way?

“It is our considered view that the intendment of the First-Line-Charge of Monetary Allocation as provided in the Constitution is to insulate judiciary officers from unbridled kleptomania,” the CNPP said.

It also said it is constrained once more to query President Goodluck Jonathan and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala led economic team for the untidy manner they handle the country’s finances.

The CNPP said “in one breathe the economic team will deny that Nigeria is not broke because of monumental corruption going on in the land and in another breathe they refuse to fund adequately critical infrastructure, social services and the judiciary.

“In sum, we challenge the Jonathan regime to explain the dysfunction in Nigeria that rakes up annually overN4 trillion from Federal Inland Revenue Services, over N1 trillion from Customs Duty and the price of Oil and Gas has never fallen below budget benchmark; yet the country is under stress and dangerously sliding into a failed state,” it said.

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