By Ebere Agozie
Justice Minister Abubakar Malami, SAN, said judges and other bailiffs across the country will soon receive good salaries and welfare programs.
Malami made this known in a speech made available to reporters by Dr Umar Gwandu, the minister’s special media and public relations assistant at the inauguration on Monday of the renovated High Court of Justice complex of the Sokoto State.
He declared that the presidential mandate given with regard to the welfare of judicial officers resulted in the establishment of the Committee for the review of salaries and conditions of service of magistrates.
“I assure this noble gathering that the committee’s efforts will soon materialize for the good of our dear judicial officers and of our country.
“As you all know, to support democracy through the effective administration of justice, judges as advocates of social justice and lords of our judicial field, as well as other members of the judicial staff, must be duly supported.
“This is of course done through emoluments and improved social assistance programs, to enable them to deliver justice at any time without fear or favor, independently.”
The Minister reminded the Sokoto State Judiciary that it has the sacred duty of the good people of the State to remain impartial, impartial and resilient in all its legal transactions and to uphold the cause of justice at all times. .
“This renovated court complex will certainly add momentum and vigor to the strength and will to deliver justice in a most auspicious environment.
“It is our concomitant wish that in this Temple of Justice, truth and justice will prevail, that justice be done between man and man and dispensed without fear or favor, and that freedom and the rights of man are maintained and defended.
“I am therefore optimistic that with a state-of-the-art judicial complex like this, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, Sokoto’s judicial affairs in matters of justice have been revived.”
He added that the emergence of the current Executive Decree 10 is the birth of a jurisprudential value that protects against the manifest violation of the sacred constitutional provisions that guarantee the independence of the judiciary and the financial autonomy of the legislature as well as of the judiciary in all forms of Nigerian government.
“While the judiciary remains a powerful catalyst for our modern democracy, great efforts to protect our democratic principles become the foundations of a lasting democracy.
“I look forward to an independent and autonomous judiciary in Sokoto State for the further realization of democratic principles and for the effective and efficient administration of justice in Sokoto State and in Nigeria in general,” said he declared. (NOPE)
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