… assures Federal High Court of Legislature’s support
The Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Mr. Onofiok Luke has called on the Federal High Court to ensure quick dispensation of justice in Nigeria.
Mr Luke made the call when he led members of the House Committee on Judiciary on a familiarisation visit to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Tsoho John Terhemba.
He said the visit was necessary as part of the oversight functions of the Committee to examine first hand, the things to be done.
“We are here as a Committee first to share some thoughts, share some ideas and to seek the support and cooperation of the Federal High Court to make sure we have quick dispensation of justice for Nigerians and equally share in some of the challenges of the Federal High Court in the course of the discharge of its responsibilities”, he said, adding it was also to see how the legislature, through the performance of its oversight functions and through the crafting of legislation or maybe through resolutions, “can help the Judiciary specifically in this case, the Federal High Court which plays a very critical role in the administration of justice in Nigeria”.
The Lawmaker assured the Chief Judge that the visit was to show that the Committee share in the yearnings and aspirations of the Federal High Court.
“We sympathise with you on the unfortunate incident, where a Judge of the Federal High Court was kidnapped. Given our concern for the Judiciary, we had raised this issue on the floor of the House”.
“We will continue to clamour for better welfare for judicial officers and we will resist any attempt to intimidate them in the discharge of their responsibilities”
“We totally condemn the invasion of the court room by security agencies. There is a Bill by this Committee in the offing, that will further preserve the sanctity of our court”, he informed.
He added that his Committee has set up a team to go round and inspect projects undertaken by the judiciary in the country, adding that they are ready to cooperate with the Federal High Court ahead the next financial year to meet their challenges.
In his response, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Tsoho decried the continuous drop in the budgetary allocation to the court and said it has had a negative impact on quick dispensation of justice. He cited a building project of the Federal High Court in Lagos started in 2012 that is yet to be completed because of the paucity of funds.
Justice Tsoho said that where requisite infrastructure or facilities are not in place, it will affect the speedy dispensation of justice.
The Chief Judge thanked the Chairman of the Committee for his ability to articulate the challenges of the Federal High Court and commended them for their work so far for Judiciary, expressing optimism that they will address the issues facing the judiciary.