From Emmanuel Iyoho
The Federal Government has urged the judiciary to be more transparent in the utilization of budgetary allocations on its financial expenses.
The attorney-general of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, made the call, recently, at the Justice Sector Summit 2022 with the theme: “Devising Practical Solutions Towards Improved Performance, Enhanced Accountability and Independence in the Justice Sector,” in Abuja, recently.
This is contained in a statement by the special assistant on media and public relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, a copy of which was made available to The Pioneer in Abuja.
Malami maintained that there was the need for the judiciary sector to “open its own book” the same way and manner the legislature and executive subject themselves for scrutiny.
Malami urged the judiciary to live up to its responsibility and support initiative that will bring the desired result in administration of justice the country.
On the appointment, Malami said the extant Nigerian laws made the criteria for such appointment very clear.
The minister said to enhance the quality of the system, there has to be accommodation of merits for consideration as the basis for appointment as against certain standards.
Meantime, machineries are in motion to ensure the continuation of courts sitting in Kainji, New Bussa for prosecution of Boko Haram cases.
Attorney-general of the Federation and minister of justice,Abubakar Malami, SAN, made this known while receiving the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Eniola Ajayi.
Malami commended the Ambassador for her tireless efforts and patriotism recalling that Nigeria has cooperated fully with the court through submission of relevant documents which eventually led to its exoneration.
“With due diligence to Nigeria’s mandate under Article 86 of the Rome Statute of ICC, Nigeria cooperated fully with the court through submission of relevant documents, reports of panels of enquiry etc.”
He noted that a committee has already been established for the domestication of Rome Statute in Nigeria.
The Ambassador expressed willingness to continue her patriotic service in the interest of the nation and promised to rededicate efforts to make positive impact in the discharge of her duties.