House of Reps Seek Automation of Courts

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The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Judiciary has called for the automation of the courts to enable them to dispense justice in record time and meet up with the growing global challenges.

Chairman of the Committee, Onoifiok Luke, made the call when he led other members of the Committee on an oversight function at the National Judicial Institute (NJI).

Onofiok said: “We need to reposition the nation’s judiciary to dispense justice and one of the ways this can be done is to automate the system, especially given the COVID 19 experience.

“We need to also work out a way of training our judicial officers to discharge their responsibility diligently post Covid-19 so that they will be in tune with the new realities.”

Some members of the Committee complained about what they described as the low representation of their states on the nominal roll of the NJI.

Aniekan Umanna said his state, Akwa Ibom, being the highest contributor to the nation’s oil resources, was poorly represented on the nominal role with just two staff members.

Chinyere Igwe said Rivers State with the third-largest population in the country has only one staff on Grade Level 8, while Lagos has only one staff member. Umanna said it was against the principles of federal character for his state to have such a negligible number of indigenes as staff of a federal agency with a workforce of over 300.

Secretary to the Institute, Abubakar Maidama, though the Institute does not carry out mass recruitment like most government agencies, it has always relied on nomination from the Chief Judges.

He said those employed from some states after such recommendations have often rejected the appointment probably because of a better offer from the private sector.
The Nation
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