President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will continue to adequately fund the judiciary to enable it discharge its responsibilities.
Buhari made the promise on Monday at the commissioning of the annex building of the headquarters of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Area 3, Abuja, which also marked the valedictory session of the President of the Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo.
The president said the three arms of government must ensure fair justice delivery and safeguard the rights of all Nigerians.
“You will all recall that in 2014, the entire budgetary allocation to the judiciary was N68 billion. Today, the judiciary budgetary allocation has gone up to N100 billion. Rest assured that we shall continue to adequately fund the judiciary to ensure it is enabled to discharge its responsibilities,” Buhari said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, today.
He appealed to the three arms of government to continue “collaborative partnership” to ensure that policies, programmes and projects of his administration “positively” impact the lives of Nigerians.
“Simply put, all Nigerians, regardless of ethnicity, religion and politics deserve peaceful and prosperous lives. Where these basic rights are trampled upon, Nigerians deserve fair justice delivery.
“It is, therefore, our collective duty to work collaboratively to ensure that such rights are safeguarded,” he said.
Buhari, who congratulated the President of the Court on his retirement and meritorious service to the country, said Justice Adejumo’s numerous contributions were well known and appreciated.
“I am confident his legacy will have a positive impact on those who follow him,” he said.
The president, who said the court was established as a specialised Court to adjudicate on disputes arising from and relating to labour, industrial and employment matters, stated that the completion of the Annex Building would further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of justice delivery by the Court.
“Indeed, it is the Court in Nigeria that is constitutionally mandated to perform these functions. Thus, the performance of this court directly impacts Nigeria’s ease of doing business indices.
“Furthermore, the socio-economic impact of this Court cannot be downplayed as it also provides the platform for employees, retirees as well as the dependents of deceased employees to find justice when treated unfairly,” he added.