CHIEF Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter
Onnoghen, said yesterday that
Nigerians will soon appreciate the
role of the judiciary, as measures are
ongoing to reform the nation’s third
arm of government.
Justice Onnoghen, however, assured
Nigerians of a better judiciary in no
distant time, even as a former Secretary
of the National Judicial Council,
NJC, Danladi Halilu, commended
the various ongoing reforms in the
judiciary.
He, however, called for the inclusion
of lower courts in the ongoing reform
agenda, so as to achieve meaningful
success in the entire justice delivery
sector.
Onnoghen and Halilu spoke in Abuja
during a retirement valedictory session
organised for him (Halilu) and other
retired staff of the council.
According to the CJN, “this event
was designed to honour retired staff of
the NJC. To give them hope that there is
light at the end of the tunnel. I hereby
commend them for making a positive
perception of the judiciary.
“In no distant time, Nigerians will
come to appreciate the role of the NJC.
The judiciary will soon be better with
all the reforms that are have been put
in place.
“The judiciary and all agencies under
it should adhere strictly to the code of
conduct, as this arm of government
under my watch will not condone any
act of deviance”, he stated.
In his own speech, the former NJC
scribe said there is the need for lower
courts to turn in their returns of cases
to their various State Judicial Service
Commissions and the Judicial Service
Committee of the Federal Capital
Territory.
He also noted that the dignity and
stability of government, morals of
the people and every blessings in the
society depend upon an upright and
skillful administration of justice.
“The report on the returns of cases in
respect of superior courts at the level
of the NJC has been very helpful in the
administration of justice.
“It is necessary for various laws on
the administration of pension of retired
judicial officers in the federation to be
harmonised and that of state retired
judicial officers be also made by the
NJC.
“This will guarantee the security
of officers, in particular, state judicial
officers who are hardly paid their
gratuities and or pension after
retirement from office.
“It is against this background
that I acknowledge and laud
President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration for increasing the
funding of the federal judiciary in the
2017 appropriation.
“This unprecedented allocation
to the judiciary by the federal
government, among others, made
it possible for the NJC to pay the
reviewed and harmonized pensions
of retired federal judicial officers
including the backlog of their arrears”.

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