Wednesday, November 29, 2023

We’ll reform judiciary for better service delivery : Tinubu

President-elect, Bola Tinubu, yesterday said his government would do a comprehensive reform of the judiciary and provide better working conditions for better service delivery.

Asiwaju Tinubu who spoke in Rivers while commissioning the new 24 courtrooms Rivers State Magistrate Court built by the Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration in Port Harcourt, noted that Governor Nyesom Wike is fighting corruption by providing improved welfare and a conducive work environment for the state’s judiciary.

He said “To look at a different angle to what Wike has done here today, he is fighting corruption. This is the way to fight corruption. You don’t expect your judges to operate, or dispense justice in squalor.

“This is part of the changes necessary in our policy tink-tank. We must fight corruption, looking at the other side of the coin. If you do not want your judges to be corrupt, pay attention to their welfare. You want fair dispensation of justice, and then do not let them work in hazardous conditions.

“Let’s think value for value. If I don’t have consumer credit and you want me to pay for the car I needed, at say N5million, N6million, that is very big temptation for corruption. But if you have consumer credit, that will reduce the propensity for corruption.

“We don’t want our judges, justices, to play foul, compromise justice. Not just the books but do something. I promise we are going to review all of these in our policy tink tank.”

On the conflicting feedbacks from his “I don’t owe you anything” statement on Wednesday, to Wike’s request for refund of moneys spent by Rivers State Government on upgrade of federal roads, the President-elect said “Whatever you say about owing or no owing, I am very grateful to the man (Wike) who brought me here. He did not ask for personal commitment. He asked for a policy commitment that an incoming President has no authority to offer and approve.

“There can only be one President at a time. I cannot commit to expenditure on behalf of the outgoing President when my tenure has not started. Get educated, be informed, please.”

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