THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benue branch, has decried the poor state of infrastructure in most Nigerian courts, blames it on poor funding of the sector
This is contained in a statement signed by NBA branch Chairman, Mr Justin Gbagir, on Tuesday in Makurdi.
He said the NBA was in support of the ongoing strike embarked by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
”The entire infrastructure in the judiciary sector across the country is in a state of disrepair. The general welfare of judicial officers is humiliating across the states of the federation.
”Governors must obey the 2014 landmark judgment which unequivocally confirmed the autonomy of the judiciary in line with the spirit and letters of the Nigerian Constitution.
“It is against this background that the NBA Makurdi Branch identifies and supports JUSUN for embarking on this strike which seems to be the only language that our governors seem to understand.
“It is our belief that Gov. Samuel Ortom who is a listening and progressive governor will again take the bold step to be the first among his equals to observe and implement the constitutional provisions ensuring the independence of the judiciary, and we so urge”.
The chairman said that there was every need for the immediate review of the emoluments of judicial officers especially those at the senior courts whose salaries had not been reviewed upward in the last 10 years.
“There is a need to take urgent steps to improve on the welfare of judicial officers in view of the critical role of the judiciary in safeguarding the nation’s democracy.
”There is no gainsaying that judges do important and extremely sensitive work. Yet, there has been no corresponding improvement in the welfare of judicial officers as a result of more none adherence to the constitutional provisions on the financial autonomy of the judiciary,” he said.
– Apr. 06, 2021 @ 14:20 GMT