Industrial court president asks Predident Muhammadu Buhari to appoint more judges in the country
The President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Babatunde Adejumo, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the appointment of more judges in the country.
Mr Adeyemo made the call in Abuja at the inauguration of the annexe building of the headquarters of the court. The event was attended by President Buhari, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammed; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and other top officials from the three arms of the government.
Mr Adejumo said the appointment of more judges would enable for speedy dispensation of justice, as many cases are pending before the over 1,000 judges in the country.
“As we speak, we have 1,200 justices and judges all over the country, starting from the Supreme Court to the trial courts and this is why people believe strongly that there is justice delay in the courts.
Mr Adejumo, whose tenure at the National Industrial Court is ending soon, also requested for more infrastructure for the judiciary, to enhance its efficiency.
“If more judges are to be appointed, then infrastructure has to be made available: courtroom, chambers, houses, cars, etc. This is why I have humbly said that the Judiciary should be considered when it comes to funding and the National Assembly should also cooperate,” he said.
Mr Adeyemo lamented that the Industrial Court currently has 33 judges with over 10,000 cases pending before it.