By Remi Johnson
The era of allocating land in areas that are not accessible for development by allottees will soon be over in Abuja, the nations capital city.
This is because, the Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, described the act of allocating land to Nigerians in areas yet to be provided with infrastructure as illogical.
Wike who stated this when he received the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, said provision of infrastructure in a particular district before allocating the land would fast track development in the territory.
Responding to Justice Tsoho’s request for land allocation to the Judiciary, Wike pledged the FCT Administration’s readiness to support the Judiciary in the interest of democracy.
According to the FCT Minister, President Bola Tinubu had already mandated him to provide land to key officials in the three arms, hence he is developing a template to do the allocation in phases.
“Without the judiciary, our democracy cannot survive. Nigerians are talking about the judiciary today because of the role you play and so whatever is required to strengthen the judiciary is not over-demanding.
“Like you rightly said, I believe that the three arms of government must work together even though independently and I believe that no arm of government should be treated lesser than the other. Before now, the President had given me the go ahead to allocate land to the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. “
“Some allocations were done in the past but unfortunately, some of the places are inaccessible. I think it is baseless allocating land where people have no access, that is, infrastructure. It does not make any sense. So, we will allocate land to you in places that are accessible”, Wike assured.
Earlier, Justice Tsoho commended Wike for his continued support to the judicial arm of government, and solicited landed property for Federal High Court Judges.
“I kindly urge your excellency to use your good office in allocating landed property to Federal High Court judges. We appreciate our large number and recommend that this be done in batches, scattered across the FCT”.
“I commend Your Excellency, the welfare of the Rivers state judiciary was second to none and you raised the bar so high that it became the envy of judicial officers in other states.It is with that confidence that we bring the anguish of the FHC to you.
” The peculiarities of our job due to transfers takes us to several places. Consequently, we are denied various forms of policies for enhancing welfare of judges since we are not part of the judiciary of those states and failure to cater for our interests at the Federal level makes us stateless.” Tsoho said.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Safiya Wada