….Praises Gov. Ganduje for tireless effort
….. As Ganduje promises permanent complex in conjunction with Jigawa govt.
Bulkachuwa Commissions Court of Appeal in Kano
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
On Monday, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, commissioned the temporary site of the Kano Court of Appeal division the state government has constructed.
The temporary site which was constructed at Audu Bako Secreteriat was named after the President of the Nigeria Court of Appeal, Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa.
The assessment team of the court were in Kano to access the state government’s readiness to host the division of the appellate court.
Speaking at the ceremony, the President, Nigerian Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkacuwa, said parts of the reasons for the establishement of division of the court in Kano were to reduce excessive cost of litigation and to speedy dispensation of justice.
Kano division of the appellate court, which is the 19th division of the court in the country, had been approved by the judiciary as the judiciary has a formal agenda to enhance access to justice across the federation.
Bulkachuwa added that the distance from Jigawa to Kaduna states had frustrated many cases that should had seen the light of the day.
Bulkachuwa said: “The judiciary has an agenda for enhancing access to justice, as the Kano division of the court would reduce the difficulties associated with long distance travels to seek for justice.
“There are many judicial cases emanating from Kano and Jigawa states. This division of the appellate court will cater for the judicial needs of many northwestern states.”
Bulkachuwa, however, commended the state Governor for his untiring commitment that led to the establishment of the division, adding that as soon as the approval for the establishment of the division and the letter of the approval was dispatched to his Excellency, he responded positively.
Reacting, Governor Gandue said that the state has a well established legal system including functional and ancient judiciary.
He added that the state is the most populous in the country, saying that it’s common for disputes to emanate between individuals where commercial activities are very high.
Ganduje said: “We are concerned that the poor don’t utilize their rights of appeal no matter how good the grounds of appeal are. It is sad that the system for some reasons denies them justice; but the rich enjoy.
“The decision to establish a division of the Court of Appeal in Kano State amounts to bringing justice to the doorsteps of a common man and even the rich. Increasing access to justice amounts to strengthening stability and security in the state.”
The governor, however, stated that the people of Kano State have respect for court decisions as exemplified by the high number of cases filed before the election tribunal in the state.
Governor Ganduje further disclosed that he and his counterpart of Jigawa State, Governor Badaru Abubakar, will collaborate to built a permanent site for the court division in Kano.
He added: “The Kano State Government has already allocated hectares of land within Audu Bako Secreteriat for the construction of a permanent site of the court. The government will be ever ready to constructed a befitting modern court complex for the Court of Appeal.
“I have just discussed with His Excellency, the governor of Jigawa State. I and him will join hands together to establish a permanent site for this court.”