Written by Onoriode Atavwigho

Vandalism: Bello seeks partnership of judiciary

In his determination to stem the menace of vandalism on public facilities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has called for the partnership of the judiciary.

The minister made the appeal in Abuja on the occasion of the ceremony marking the commencement of 2017-2018 Legal Year of the FCT High Court, last week.

“I would like to humbly solicit your hand of fellowship in the strident efforts we are making to improve the infrastructure and provide utilities for the Federal Capital Territory.

“You may wish to however, note that in our drive to achieve these, we encounter serious cases of sabotage through the efforts of hoodlums who are bent on pillaging public utility facilities like electric poles, manhole covers, railways cables and line among others. We would seek your cooperation in the effort to check this menace as these culprits are arrested and brought to face the long arm of the law”, Bello said.

Bello, who was represented at the event by FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, further remarked that though the country’s democracy is advancing, there are however, still room for improvement.

The minister also charged the third arm of government to work assiduously on addressing perennial issues such as prison congestion, pressure in courts and delay in the dispensation of justice.

“However, we must acknowledge that Nigeria’s democracy is a growing one. Consequently, all the various arms of government are also evolving and this of course, includes the judiciary. We have made significant progress, but we are not yet where we aim to be. Such issues as prison congestion, pressure in courts and the resultant delays in the dispensation of justice are issues which we think should engage the attention of my lords as we resume the 2017/2018 Legal Year,” he urged. 

Earlier, the Chief Judge of the FCT and chairman, FCT Judicial Service Committee, Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, decried the absence of borstal institution within the FCT to cater for the penitentiary needs of children and young persons.

Bello further affirmed the commitment of the judiciary in ensuring that the nation continues to operate within the ambience of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights and legitimate aspirations of all.  

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