Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen GCON

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has received the report of the 13-man Steering Committee which he set up to review and make recommendations on the operations of the judiciary arm of government.

The CJN’s Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Awassam Bassey, said in a statement on Sunday that the committee led by the Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission, Mrs. Bilkisu Bashir, submitted its report on Friday.

The committee inaugurated on June 5, 2017, was tasked by the CJN to among others “coordinate a comprehensive reform of the country’s judiciary.”

While submitting the report on Friday, the chairman of the committee said her team consulted with former CJNs, as well as retired and serving judges of various courts before arriving at the recommendations contained in the report.

She was quoted as saying, “From the discussions we had with the stakeholders, it is obvious that everyone wants to key into this reform programme of the Hon CJN. Committee members contributed immensely. Arguments for and against were very educative and instructive.

“We thank you for the opportunity you gave to us to contribute to the good of the federal judiciary and to the Nigerian judiciary as a whole.”

Responding, the CJN commended the committee for their work.

He told the committee members, who were drawn from various judiciary institutions, that the solution to the problems in the judiciary must come within the arm of government.

The CJN said, “You were carefully chosen for the assignment basically because you are the engine room of the federal judiciary. You are in the administration; you have been in the administration.

“You ought to know what our problems are, because as they say, the wearer of the shoe knows where it pinches.

“At least, it is our duty to lay the first foundation for solving our problem; nobody can come from outside to salvage the Nigerian judiciary. The solution must come from within us.

“We have to do so because if we don’t do so, the whole edifice will fall on our heads and we will have ourselves to blame.

“I’m grateful for the sacrifices you have made and I’m glad that you are part of the signpost put for me as I navigate and I seek for your continued support and prayers.”

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