NBA SAYS THERE IS NEEED FOR FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS IN NIGERIA’S JUDICIARY
Written by Kayode Sanni on June 22, 2022
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said that there is an urgent need for fundamental reforms of the administration and governance of the Nigerian Judiciary.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the President, OLUMIDE AKPATA.
The NBA described as unfortunate the conditions highlighted in the letter written by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the Chief Justice of Nigeria alleging various improprieties and administrative inefficiencies and the subsequent response of the CJN.
The NBA noted that the situation has not only affected the judicial responsibilities of the justices but also impacted on the justice administration process.
While he advocated for the independence and financial autonomy of the Judiciary, the NBA also noted that it is important that the Judiciary must not only be, but should be seen as being, above board and transparent in the management and allocation of the resources currently available to it.
“The Judiciary must entrench the principles of accountability and probity in the manner in which it expends allocated resources. While the fight for increased budgetary allocations for the Judiciary continues, it is important that the available resources be used for the welfare and wellbeing of our Judicial Officers, as well as for the improvement of the infrastructure and facilities required by our Judges and Justices to effectively discharge their duties.