by Aniekan Udofia
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Hon. Onofiok Luke has charged committee members to brace up to seeming challenges and churn out viable inputs that would go a long way in effecting far-reaching reforms in the Nigerian judicial system.
Luke made the call in an inaugural meeting of the Committee on Judiciary on Monday. He drew the attention of the members to the important role that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria confers on the Judiciary as well as the role of the committee in the light of its oversight responsibility to the Judiciary.
He, therefore, reminded the committee members that the committee has a statutory role of supervising the Judiciary.
Speaking further, Hon. Luke added that there are a lot of reforms to be carried out in the Judiciary and pledged that the Committee in synergy with relevant bodies and stakeholders proposes to invigorate the Judiciary for effective performance and quick efficient justice delivery to the common man.
He decried the slow pace in the dispensation of justice in the courts in the country noting that “not all matters should merit the attention of the apex court”.
The Federal Lawmaker emphasized the need to continually advocate and protect the independence of the Judiciary so that judges would be bold and firm to dispense justice without fear or favour while seizing the opportunity to thank the Speaker of the 9th Assembly Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for finding him worthy to chair the Committee.
In a vote thanks, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee Hon. Dederi Haruna Isa thanked the Chairman for convening the meeting and assured him of the total support of the members. He said the Committee will remain United.