2020 Budget : Senator Opeyemi Bamidele calls for adequate funding to Judiciary and Relevant Agencies
By Muyiwa Bamidele
Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele representing Ekiti Central and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, has made a case for more statutory funding to the Judicial Arm of Government and other related institutions in the country.
Sen. Bamidele made the call on the floor of the senate during debate on the general principle of 2020 Appropriation Bill
He said the need to increase the budgetary allocation to the judiciary from the proposed N110 Billion in the Appropriation Bill will further strengthen the independence of the judiciary .
Ekiti Senator adding that the Federal Government should also review the salaries of judges and other judicial staff upward as an instructive measure to stem the tide of corruption in the judiciary.
He also canvassed for the upward review of the budgetary allocation to the National Human Rights Commission.
The Senator commended the Federal Executive Council as well as the Legislature for the level of alacrity with which the 2020 Budget was made ready for presentation to the National Assembly early October, 2019 adding that such development is indeed a positive signal that it is no longer business as usual.
However, Bamidele went further to stress on the imperative of ensuring the nation restores the budget cycle back to the usual January-December financial year cycle.