The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa, has said that the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills would help in curbing corruption and improving efficiency in the judicial system.
Inuwa said this last week in Abuja when he received in audience the Administrator of National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Salisu Garba and his team.
According to him, it is necessary to train and retrain judicial officers on the full understanding of ICT skills for them to derive and enjoy maximum value from digital technology.
“The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now making evaluations and decisions for humans, based on available data which has made it important for the judiciary to adopt ICT in its work processes.
“We live in a world where technology can be used to profile and make recommendations.
“It is, therefore, very important to incorporate the use of ICT into our judicial system for enhanced work performance,” Inuwa said.
He further added that the appropriate deployment of ICT in the judicial system would enable courts better adjudicate on matters with the increased size of their caseloads.
He implored the institute to include the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations (NDPR) in its curriculum to ensure the protection of data in the judicial system.
Earlier, the NJI administrator disclosed that part of the institute’s objectives was to conduct training for all judicial officers and support staffers.
He said that the institute’s Judiciary Information Technology Policy Committee, saddled with the responsibility of formulating policies, had been faced with challenges but, however, believed that enhanced ICT skills would bridge the gap.