16 November 2020 By Victoria Abah
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has expressed worry over the delay of justice in the Country.
The CJN stated this
at the virtual opening ceremony of the 2020 all Nigeria Judges’ conference of lower courts, holding at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, Abuja.
Tanko maintained that the situation, calls for a thorough and comprehensive reform of the justice sector to ensure access to justice at affordable costs and within a reasonable time.
Given the constitutional role of the judiciary, Justice Muhammad further explained that it is important that citizens enjoy easy access to courts as this would help them air their grievances and their cases adjudicated upon.
In her welcome address, the Administrator, NJI, Justice Rosaline Bozimo (rtd) said the biennial event provides a platform to strategize on the means of adopting global best practices to meet critical challenges in the dispensation of justice to all in Nigeria.
She noted that justice is the foundation of the rule of law, adding that The judiciary as the Third Arm of government has a very important role to play in the enthronement of the rule of law; especially for people at the grassroots.
This year’s theme is “The role of lower courts in promoting justice and good governance in Nigeria.