Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to sustain improvement in the welfare of judicial officers to enhance administration of justice in the state.
The governor disclosed this yesterday in his keynote address as he inaugurated Kogi High Court of Justice Information Communication Technology, ICT, Centre as well as Lugard Court for Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court 1 and a Family Court complex in Lokoja.
Governor Wada who promised to sustain his administration’s efforts at making the environment more comfortable and more convenient for Judges in the state to operate said: “I wish to assure you of my administration’s continued commitment to the welfare of judges.”
The governor stated that the inauguration of ICT centre in particular marked a critical point in the state judiciary’s bid to enhance the efficiency in the administration of justice through the use of information technology.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, stated: “We are all aware that a lawyer’s responsibility is information intensive and this makes it imperative for him to access such tools and technologies that would speed up documentation, management and information handling.
“With the inauguration of this ICT centre, legal practitioners in this division have been assisted with instruments to access judicial decision and all other sources of information relevant to their responsibility which are now available in electronic format”.
He commended the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah for encouraging the migration of lawyers and judicial officers’ instrument of trade to electronic format.
Wada noted that Nigerians were looking forward to the time when the justice system would be so transformed to allow for electronic filling of cases before the courts at all levels.
Earlier, Justice Nasir Ajanah, the chief judge of the state said the inauguration of the two courts and the ICT centre were particularly special because some of the concepts of the State Judiciary were gradually being realised in spite of obvious constraints.
Justice Ajanah explained further that the Lugard court concept was mooted by his predecessor, Justice Umaru Eri with the desire to keep the colonial relics for the future generations to learn more about historical relevance of Lokoja as the first capital of Nigeria.
On the Family Court, Justice Ajanah noted that the constitution and establishment on December 8, 2012 with seven formations across the state was in line with section 149 of state child Rights law 2009.
The Chief Judge stated that the setting Family Court reflected the family environment and a friendly atmosphere where the child would not be intimidated by the formalities of a formal court system.