Minority Leader proposes DACF support for Judiciary

Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Sept. 29, GNA
– Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament, has proposed that new
rules be developed to allow for the allocation of the District Assemblies’
Common Fund (DACF) support to the Judiciary to enable it to construct district
courts across the country.

The Minority Leader,
also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South, said such rules would ensure
that “it becomes a matter of practice such that no matter which government
is in power, every other year, we expect that a number of district courts will
be built with allocation from the DACF.”

Mr Iddrisu made the
proposal in Tamale on Saturday when he handed over a Community-based Health
Planning and System (CHPS) Compound and a Meat Shop to Gbambaya Community and
Kukuo Butchers in the Tamale Metropolis.

He constructed both
facilities through his 2017 share of the DACF to improve healthcare delivery
for the people of Gbambaya and ensure hygiene in meat processing as well as
improve economic activities of butchers at Kukuo.

Mr Iddrisu argued that
it was not fair for only the Executive and the Legislature to benefit from the
DACF whiles the Judiciary, which was also an arm of government, be denied such
financial support.

He said: “Year in
year out, the allocations of the DACF are only limited to the Executive and the
Legislature. I think it is only fair and proper that we extend the same
financial support to the Judiciary to improve the delivery and administration
of justice in the districts and improve the quality of the court structures
from the districts to the national level.

Currently, it is the
duty of the district assemblies to construct courts in their jurisdictions.
However, many districts are unable to do so because of lack of funds whiles
those with court structures are unable to maintain them leaving such structures
in a deplorable state.

This means that cases
are tried at the nearest courts, a situation which makes it difficult for the
accessibility of justice.

Mr Iddrisu said he had
discussed this policy proposal with the Majority Leader, adding; “I have
mentioned this to the Administrator of the DACF and I will insist as the
Minority Leader responsible for oversight that this is done.”

Meanwhile, the
beneficiaries of the projects expressed gratitude to the Tamale South MP for
addressing their concerns.


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