The Director-General, NIALS, Professor Adedeji Adekunle, SAN was a Lead Speaker at the NBA Asaba
Law Week on Tuesday 18th April, 2018. The Law Week took place at the NBA House (Bar Centre), Behind the MultiDoor Courthouse, High Court Complex, Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta State.
The theme of the Law Week was: ‘Innovative Lawyering & Justice Delivery in the 21st Century’ and held from 17th – 19th April 2018. Professor Adekunle’s paper titled ‘Building a Stronger Judiciary through Adequate Budgetary Provisions’ discussed the significance of the 1999 Constitution’s provisions on the judiciary and the role of the National Judicial Council with regards to budgetary provisions. His paper also examined international perspectives on budgetary provisions of the judiciary, analysing these perspectives within a national context; and interrogated the role of the executive as custodian of the revenue allocated to the judiciary, tying this in with the concept of judicial independence.
Professor Adekunle’s paper was well-received and further expounded on by a Panel of Discussants which consisted of Honourable Peter Mrakpor, Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Delta State; Honourable (Alaowei) Tonye Timi, PhD, Member of the Delta State House of Asembly; and Honourable Justice K. O. Okpu, Judge of the High Court, Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.
The event was attended by His Excellency, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Governor of Delta State (ably represented by Honourable Peter Mrakpor, Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Delta State), notable judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Delta State, and practicing lawyers/ academics within and outside Delta State.