JUSUN President, Comrade Marwan Mustapha in a press statement said the cut of about N91 billion in the 2014 Appropriation Bill of the judiciary, compared to that of last year is a plot to starve the judiciary of funds, thereby making it a “toothless dog” in its quest for improved justice system in Nigeria.
Marwan said underfunding the judiciary as the 2015 general elections approach, poses a great danger to the administration of justice in Nigeria.
“We commend the National Assembly, specifically, the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters led by Senator Umar Dahiru for their efforts in seeing that the judiciary gets financial independence.
“JUSUN calls on Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economic, Dr. Ngozi Nkonjo Iweala and the Director-General of the Budget Office, Dr. Bright Okogu to listen to the voice of reason by addressing the monumental reduction from budget of the judiciary from N159.8 billion to N68billion.
“We also want to state that the continued non-compliance with the recent court order of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 13th January 2014 regarding sections 81(3), 121(3) and 162(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), by the relevant institutions, will spell doom and the union would not be held responsible for any industrial disharmony in the sector,” he said.