30 September 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, Victor Ndoma-Egba has advocated judicial reforms through constitutional amendment to minimize the political cases that goes to the supreme court.
Senator Ndoma-Egba stated this in an Interview with Radio Nigeria, on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary in Abuja.
The Leader of the 7th Senate while analyzing the journey of the judiciary since independence, explained that, Nigeria has the best judicial system in Africa and one of the best in the world but political interference contributed its challenges.
Senator Ndoma says, “If you see the symbol of Justice it’s a lady with a sword on a scale and blindfolded. Justice does not see sex, it does not see gender, it does not see tribe, it does not see religion but that is the level we have gone, from a people who had Sir Darnley Alexander, a West Indian as Chief Justice of Cross River State but today, we are unable to accept one of our own because of political interference to which I think we need constitutional amendment to reduce the number of cases that goes to the Supreme Courts and minimise the political cases that gets to the courts, because political cases comes with political pressure”
Senator Nodoma-Egba further stressed that the judiciary was lagging behind technologically, making the system inefficient, and corruption inevitable.
In his words;
“If you go outside Abuja, to most of the rural courts, many of them are still using manual typewriters , that’s four technologically generations behind and most are still doing manual recording of proceedings, so you are talking, the judge is writing, this day and age where people do electronic filing, we are still writing in long hand, so the system is inefficient and once a system is inefficient, corruption is an unavoidable consequence”
The Senior Lawyer decried the poor welfare of the judicial officers, and called for a better remuneration package while urging the embattled NBA members to resolve all differences, amicably.