By Segun Adeyemi
The chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has called for improved funding of the judiciary to enable it discharge its functions.
He said judges and judicial officers will continue to perform their statutory functions in line with their oaths of office and constitutional provisions.
Mr Onnoghen made this declaration at the 33rd annual federal high court judges conference in Abuja.
Represented by the president of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, Mr Onnoghen said he was particular about the federal high court, citing it as a strategic and momentous wing of the judiciary.
He said sufficient funding of the judiciary will enable it cope with the mounting challenges.
Mr Onnoghen also aplauded the outgoing chief judge of the federal high court, Ibrahim Auta, for upholding and sustaining the tradition of the court during his tenure.
He expressed optimism that the incoming chief judge will sustain the achievements of the court.
In his remark, Mr Auta appealed to judicial officers in the country to give their maximum support to the chief justice of Nigeria in the course of promoting effective justice delivery in the country.
The week-long judges’ conference will create an avenue for judges to appraise activities from the previous year and prepare for fresh challenges.
The event is being attended by judges from the 37 divisions of the federal high court across the country.