The Senate Committee on Judiciary , Human Rights and Legal Matters has advised president designate of the Court of Appeal , Justice Monica Dongban Mensem , to stand up against injustice in the Judiciary , if eventually confirmed as by the Senate as substantive President of the Court of Appeal .
The Chairman of the Committee , Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele ( APC Ekiti Central) gave the advise during screening hearing for the Acting President of Court of Appeal as a nominee for the substantive President of the Court.
The Ekiti Central Senator said the enthusiasm with which Nigerians greeted her nomination , respect the Senate had for it by suspending its rule for expeditious screening , should be in vain if eventually confirmed .
” You must demonstrate the required courageous leadership the Judiciary deserve by standing up in fair and fearless manner by the Nigerian people when it comes to justice .
” Your Lordship must ensure that Justice is not only delivered but in timely manner because justice delayed , is justice denied .
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary stated that the insignificant votes given the Judiciary requires urgent and upward reviews .
He lamented further by stating that the welfare situation of the judicial officers , is nothing to write home about .
According to him, the last time salaries and emoluments of judicial officers were reviewed , was in 2008 , the benefits of which have been completely eroded by inflationary trends .
” It should not be business as usual , the very reason the Senate and by extension,the National Assembly , is revisiting the budget of the Judiciary which is less than 1% of the N10.509trillion 2020 budget size for the country “.
” This sector might go into extinction if the needful is not urgently done , because in years to come , Nigerians may no longer be interested in going into the sector ” , he warned .
Earlier virtually all the Senators who attended the screening session from the Deputy President of the Senate to other members of the committee , described the nominee as square peg , nominated for fixing into a square hole .
The nominee in her introductory remarks , said she had spent 40 years in the Judiciary from 1980 when she was called to bar and served in the Ministry of Justice and subsequently appointed as Registrar of the Court and made Magistrate few years after which culminated in her appointment as Judge of High Court in Plateau State in 1996 .
She added that she became judge of FCT High Court thereafter till 2003 when she was transferred her service to FCT Judiciary as Judge of FCT High Court till 2003 when invited to serve as a Justice of the Court of Appeal .
” I’ve lived the substantial part of my life in the Judiciary and I have tremendous passion for its positive transformation , one of which is my intention of making the Court of Apoeal ICT compliant when confirmed as substantive President .
” I also have a lot of compassion for fellow human being and a solution provider and not trouble maker “, she said .
Justice Mensem vowed that if eventually confirmed as substantive President of the Court of Appeal, part of the innovation she would bring to bear , is making the court Information Communication Technology ( ICT) , compliant.