As part of activities marking his second year in office, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has donated brand new vehicles to Chief Registrars, judges of the Magistrates and Sharia Court as well as members of the Judicial Service Commission in the state.
The vehicles were presented to the beneficiaries by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami at a brief ceremony at the Government House Gusau
According to the governor, the vehicles are part of 330 brand new Hyundai cars purchased by his government at the cost of N4.5 million each for distribution to different categories of workers in the state.
Mr Matawalle said: “It is also in recognition of the exalted position of the Judiciary in a liberal democratic tradition, particularly it being an independent government arm that works in the same spirit as the executive and legislative arms to ensure good governance.
“We dearly uphold the sanctity of the judiciary as a vital instrument of the dispensation of justice and interpreter of our constitution.
“Like all true democracies, we are determined to continue to work towards maintaining its independence and efficiency and promote its capacity for quick adjudication as a beacon of hope to the common man,” the governor noted.
Similarly, the minister inaugurated the newly constructed Presidential Lodge situated in the Government House.
At the inauguration of the Presidential Lodge, Mr Matawalle said the project was part of a larger contract that included the construction of 18 executive chalets and the renovation of the Government House.
The latter projects he said had been fully completed at the cost of over N2.1 billion.
In his speech, Mr Malami said it was gratifying the two year anniversary of Mr Matawalle’s administration was marked with development projects.
According to him, the administration brought peace and order in most parts of the state, even while the Federal Government was working to end insecurity in the country.
“The signing of Executive Order 10 by President Muhamamdu Buhari was aimed at re-enforcing and complementing Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Today’s ceremony for the formal presentation of operational vehicles to Magistrate and Shari’a Courts Judges in Zamfara State is no doubt a step towards enhancing productivity of the judges across the state.
“It is hoped that with the formal presentation of operational vehicles to Magistrates and Shari’a Courts Judges in Zamfara State, the State Government and indeed, governors of the 36 States of the federation will work towards having the Executive Order 10 for the autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary implemented,” Mr Malami urged.