Olanipekun confirms Buhari’s pledge for upward review of judges’ pay
NJI boss preaches transparency as FG launches solicitor scheme
Chairman of the Body of Benchers of Nigeria (BoB), Chief Wole Olanipekun, has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari had acceded to the request for an upward review of the salaries and emoluments of judges.
The former president of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the Nigerian leader Buhari gave vent to the report of the advisory committee submitted to the Federal Government in 2018 for an increase in wages of judges.
He spoke, on Sunday, at a public function marking the 80th birthday of a retired justice of the Supreme Court and traditional ruler of Tuomo kingdom, Francis Fedode Tabai, in Abuja.
Olanipekun, who led a team to interact with the President, said the delegation succeeded in extracting the commitment of the Presidency for a better and befitting welfare package for judicial officers and rejuvenation of the judiciary.
At the end of the interface, he said Buhari promised to immediately act on the 2018 report.
Besides, the legal luminary said the Nigerian leader pledged to upgrade the contents of the document to meet up with current realities.
While assuring that he would commit his tenure at the BOB to work with relevant stakeholders to improve the judiciary, the senior lawyer stressed: “This not a time for distraction, it is time for collaborative action on the part of us in the legal profession.
“In fairness to him (President Buhari), he agreed that there are three arms of government and that no one should be subjugated. No one should be a slave to others.
“The President gave his commitment voluntarily. It was in response to my address, that the President assured us that he was going to take immediate action.”
BESIDES, Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Salisu Abdullahi, has canvassed a transparent judicial system that encourages greater access to proceedings and enhances public trust.
He made the call at a national workshop on court services for registrars, commissioners of oath, clerks, bailiffs and process servers in Abuja.
Abdullahi observed that transparency should govern every stage of the judicial process for greater public trust.
He charged judicial workers at all levels to be transparent in their duties, noting: “The court process in terms of producing, transmitting and retrieving records of proceedings and communication can not be done without you.”
Themed, ‘Promoting transparency, productivity and efficiency in the judiciary, the workshop, according to Justice Abdullahi, is tailored at addressing pertinent issues affecting the arm of government.
ALSO yesterday, the Federal Government launched the Court Duty Solicitor Scheme (CDSS), domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Executive Secretary of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC), Sulayman Dawodu, said the initiative would facilitate trials, decongestion of detention facilities and reduce dockets of the courts.
He said his committee started with the Police Station Duty Solicitor Scheme (PDSS) in January this year in about 16 divisions within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by “placing lawyers in police stations to render legal services to indigents and those who don’t have legal representatives to go through their interviews, secure bails and ensure their welfare and protection of their rights.”