Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that his administration was investing in Federal Judiciary infrastructure because the Federal Government has abandoned her responsibilities to the Rivers State people.
Wike explained that his government was compelled to make such investment in courts under the Federal Government because they were left to rot.
The governor made this remarks on Thursday when members of the National Association of Rivers State Students from the Nigerian Law School paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
“After Lagos State, the next state with the highest number of litigations is Rivers State. Yet the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was dilapidated, the National Industrial Court was non-existent and the Court of Appeal has been in a sorry state.
“To ensure that our people have access to justice, we resolved to construct a new Federal High Court complex with six modern courtrooms and state of the art facilities. That complex will be commissioned in May.
“We have proposed the demolition of the existing old Federal High Court so that we can build a new complex with more courtrooms,” he said.
The governor pointed out that his administration was constructing the National Industrial Court complex in Port Harcourt as part of measures to ensure that litigants no longer travel to Yenagoa for their cases.
According to him, the Court of Appeal building in Port Harcourt is undergoing “total rehabilitation” to ensure that it accommodated more litigants. (Source: PUNCH )