21 January 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Federal Government says it is working assiduously to ensure total independence and financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami made this known at the annual National Conference organized by the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents, NAJUC in Abuja.
The Conference with the theme “The Role of The Judiciary In Achieving Good Democratic Governance” is aimed at addressing some of the challenges in the judicial sector.
The AGF, Abubakar Malami, in an opening remark, explained that the Federal Government had taken and maintained the lead in ensuring total autonomy for the judiciary at the national level.
Represented by the Special Assistant on media and public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, the Minister maintained that Achieving good democratic governance was the responsibility of not just the judiciary but critical stakeholders including the media.
He therefore, urged the media to refrain from fake news and sensationalism for the betterment of the Country.
Malami added that the present administration was a listening one, and would continue to promote freedom of expression especially freedom of the press.
A paper presentation on the Independence of the judiciary and challenges of financial autonomy; the way forward, by a Senior Studies Fellow of the National Judicial Institute, NJI, Mr. Nduchebe Michael, pointed out that the challenges of inadequate funding and financial autonomy in the judiciary had contributed to its inefficiency.
Mr Michael however gave some recommendations on the way forward in strengthening the judiciary.
Another lecturer from the NJI, Mr Shamsudeen Abdulraham while speaking on “The Role of the Judiciary in Achieving Good Democratic Governance”, said the judiciary had been the defender of democratic rule in Nigeria and had done so with credibility despite the numerous challenges.
Earlier, the Chairman, NAJUC, Mr Kayode Lawal, in an address, appealed for more funding of the judiciary to cope with the enormous challenges facing the sector.
Mr. Lawal further advised judicial officers to uphold the ethics of the profession in the discharge of their duties to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary.