The National Judicial Council (NJC) has appealed to the legislature and executive to increase the funding for the judiciary in line with the realities of the times.
The executive secretary of the council, Ahmed Saleh, stated this on Monday during a budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Justice.
The NJC appeared before the house alongside the Supreme Court of Nigeria; the Court of Appeal; the Federal High Court; the National Industrial Court of Nigeria; the Federal Judicial Service Commission; and the National Body of Benchers.
Mr Saleh advocated for an increase in budgetary allocations. He stated some of the challenges facing the judiciary include the non-disbursement of the financial relief promised in the wake of the pandemic.
He said over 75 per cent of budgeted funds in 2020 were accessed.
He also stated that the Supreme Court has increased its judges from 12 to 20 which according to him requires more expenses.
“The Supreme Court was expanded to 20, the Court of Appeal and FHC is in the process of appointing 20 additional judges,” he said.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic caused the judiciary to continue to leverage on ICT “which requires more money”.
Responding to the demand, chairman of the House committee on justice, Anefiok Luke, assured that the house would look into their appeal “and ensure the right thing is done”.
CREDIT: GUARDIAN NG