Adamawa State house of assembly has pledged to ensure that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) is fully implemented by providing budgets for the provisions that require funding.
Making the pledge on Monday during a one day stakeholders meeting on the effective implementation of the Adamawa State ACJL 2018, the Deputy Speaker of the assembly, Rt. Hon. Pwamwakeno Mackondo said the assembly will ensure the success of the ACJL in the state, noting that the move will be a win-win for all the stakeholders.
The law which was passed since 2018 by the last assembly was stymied because budgetary provisions are not made for a number of items that need to be funded.
While highlighting provisions that requires funding in his paper, Hon Justice S. L Kyanson lauded the last assembly, the immediate past Chief Justice of the state and RoLAC for ensuring that the law came to fruition in the state.
He urged the state assembly to key in by availing funds for the provisions that need to be bankrolled for the law to take full effect, otherwise, it will remain a mere theoretical exercise whose positive impact will not be felt by the society.
Kyanson noted that what the ACJL seeks to achieve was the promotion of efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of the society from crime and protection of the rights and interests of suspects, defendants and the victims, noting that the successful implantation of the law will lead to a better and economically viable society.
He noted that if fully implemented, the law will ensure decongestion of prisons, and even guard against proliferation of crimes as it ensures that the interests of suspects, defendants and the victims are adequately catered for, noting that funds that should have been channeled for the prevention of crime will be free to be utilized for the purposes of development, if the law come into full force.
Kyanson noted that provisions of the law including the criminal justice monitoring committee, operation of a secretariat for the committee, provision of rehabilitation centers/community service centers for non custodial punishment and many other provisions in the ACJL need to be funded, calling on the legislature to accommodate such budget lines that will be send to them through the attorney general’s office.
In her paper entitled; “benefits of responsive budgeting for effective implementation of ACJL 2018”, Jamila B. A Sulaiman called on the stakeholders to straighten the paradox inherent in the implementation of the law.
She noted that her concerns stems from the fact that two of the organs that will ensure the successful implantation of the law namely; the law enforcement agents and the correctional centers are federal government’s agencies while the other two namely the courts and the criminal justice monitoring committee are organs of the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman NBA, Yola branch, Jibril Ibrahim Jimeta, thanked the British Council, RoLAC and the various CSOs whose efforts led to the success of the ACJL in the state.
He also lauded the state government for constituting the 11 man criminal justice monitoring committee adding that the development is a good omen for Adamawa State.