Governor Aminu Tambuwal has doled out eye-catching Sport Utility Vehicles, Ford Explorer, to 20 judges in Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gesture was to boost senior judicial officers’ morale, just as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has urged the judiciary not to be partial in delivering judgments.
Mr stated this on Monday while speaking at the inauguration of the reconstructed Sokoto High Court complex.
He noted that as the last hope of the masses, the judiciary should remain impartial at all times.
The justice minister commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for reconstructing the complex and equipping it with state-of-the-art facilities.
“This should be a morale booster towards effective justice delivery. The job done on this complex shows how seriously the state government takes the judiciary,” he said.
Mr Malami added that a high-level conversation was already ongoing concerning a better welfare package for judicial officers.
“Several meetings have been held to ensure that the welfare scheme for judicial officers reflects current realities.
“A committee on the review of judicial officers’ salaries and conditions of service has been constituted to ensure a better welfare scheme.
“Let me assure you that the efforts of that committee will soon come to fruition and to the advantage of judicial officers,” the justice minister explained.
Mr Tambuwal noted that the complex project offered an opportunity to overhaul the judicial system in the state.
“We are doing our best to support the judiciary. This is because we believe in its independence and ability to give hope to the common man,” he said.
The governor commended the minister for accepting the state government’s invitation to inaugurate the project.
Also speaking, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko, described the reconstructed project as a good omen to judicial service delivery in the state.
Represented by Justice Amina Augie, Mr Tanko commended the state government for the gesture and urged judicial officers in the state to exude good maintenance culture while using the complex.
According to NAN, 20 high court judges in Sokoto received the SUVs during the event to boost their morale.