By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS —The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, yesterday, said the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC, has recommended 165 candidates to the National Judicial Council, NJC, for appointment as judges into federal courts across the country, since its inception in 1999.
Justice Katsina-Alu, who spoke at the official commissioning of the commission’s liaison office complex in Lekki, Lagos, added that the NJC was doing all it could to improve on the welfare of the federal judicial staff.
He said the liaison office in Lagos was another milestone in the history of the commission and the nation’s judiciary, adding that the commission had faced some challenges in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities, even though it had recorded some significant achievements.
According to him, the establishment of the Lagos liaison office would go a long way in contributing towards the realisation of the commission’s laudable objectives.
He said the importance of having a strong, motivated, effective, efficient and ebullient workforce to support judicial officers in carrying out their duties need not be over-emphasised, adding that the commission acts as a stabilising force by ensuring the application of uniform standards for all staff in the discharge of its duties.
He noted that the commission had developed new scheme of service as well as verified several certificates from issuing institution which has helped in cleansing the nation’s judicial system.
‘’It is my sincere belief that the establishment of the Lagos Liaison office will go a long way in contributing towards the realisation of the commission’s laudable objectives,” he said.
Former Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Mulikat Akande, said the commissioning of the commission’s office was a dream come true especially in its quest to turn around the judicial sector, adding that because of critical role the judiciary plays in the country, the arm of government needs to be properly taken care of.
Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Inumidun Akande in her remarks, expressed, joy over the commissioning of the commission’s edifice.