The Senate has approved the nomination of
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
His confirmation followed his screening during plenary in Abuja.
Ariwoola, while responding to questions before his confirmation said the major challenge of the judiciary was inadequate funding of its operations.
According to him, the judiciary must be funded, stressing that Judges should not be seen as begging to survive.
He urged the Senate to always give expeditious approval to budgets of the judiciary to enable it discharge Its duties.
On allegations that Justices petitioned the immediate past CJN, Ariwoola said the judges had no issues with the past CJN, as there was no petition from the Justices against the CJN.
According to him, what leaked to the media was a letter of complaints by 14 Justices on issues relating to the workings of the judiciary and welfare of Judicial officers.
He told the lawmakers that it is his utmost desire to introduce technology in the operations of the judiciary adding that technology was key in modern day judicial operations.
He also said a machinery has been put in place to amend the rules and procedures of courts to ensure improved operations of court processes.
He said there was need to appoint more Judges to facilitate speedy dispensation of cases, while also advocating that final judgements on some cases should be made to end at the Appeal Courts.
He however, noted that there were some constitutional issues that required amendments of the constitution.
He said the National Assembly should help in amending the laws on such matters.
On issues relating to appointment of judges, he explained that the constitution of Nigeria was clear on mode of appointment.
He,however, said the National Judicial Council(NJC) plays a role via recommendation of qualified and deserving officers to be appointed .
By James itodo