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KWHA ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO DEPLORABLE STATE OF COURTS

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SOLA MUYIDEEN

The Kwara House of Assembly on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary to investigate the deplorable conditions of magistrate, high courts and judges quarters in some part of the state.

The directive was the consequence of a matter of general public importance on the condition of court rooms in the state raised by Mr, Tope Layonu (APC) representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency

Layonu descried what he described as a deplorable conditions of magistrate and high court rooms as well as judges quarters in some part of the state.

He pointed out those inhabitable conditions of most court rooms especially in Offa Local Government make it very difficult for judges to sit and adjudicate the cases before them.

The lawmaker, who described judiciary as the last hope of the common man, said inhabitable conditions of most court rooms and judges’ quarters would definitely affect quick dispensation of justice.

Contributing to the debate, Alhaji Abdulfatai Salman (PDP) of Ilorin North/West constituency said the deplorable condition of court rooms requires urgent attention by the state government.

While decrying insufficient court rooms, Salman noted that furniture in most court rooms is nothing to write home about and urged the parliament to come to the aid of judiciary arm of government to ensure proper dispensation of justice.

The member representing Essa/Shawo/Igboidun Constituency (PDP) Mr. Hassan Oyeleke however observed that financial constraint especially as it affects low income from the Federal Government to the state is one of the major hindrances affecting proper funding of judiciary arm of government.

The Deputy Speaker, Prof Gana Yisa, who presided over Tuesday’s plenary, directed the Committee to investigate the matter and report back to the House by July 15, 2014 for further legislative action

Also on Tuesday the House commended the state government’s policy on zero tolerance to potholes on the roads.

The commendation followed a matter of urgent general public importance on the deplorable conditions of Shonga/Tsaragi and Gbugbu/ Patigi roads raised by Alhaji Audu Limon (APC) of Edu Constituency.

Limon, who decried the poor state of the roads, said it has been affecting social and economic activities of the people and urged the appropriate government agencies and authorities to urgently repair the roads.

The Deputy Speaker equally urged the state government to extend its zero tolerance policy to potholes to other parts of the state.

The parliament also urged the state government to as a matter as urgency repair the potholes along Shonga/Tsaragi road.

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