By Kenneth Atavti
Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, NJI, Justice Salisu Garba, has urged financial officers to uphold financial integrity and transparency in the administration of justice.
This, he said, will rid the Judiciary of corruption, waste in resource management and further prime the Judiciary for effective accountability.
Justice Garba gave this charge on Monday in Abuja in his remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the National Workshop on Management of Judicial Financial Resources for Directors of Finance, Deputy Directors, Cheif Accountants, Auditors and other Financial Officers in the Judiciary.
Reflecting on the theme: ‘Strengthening Financial Integrity of the Judiciary’, he urged the financial officers to come up with innovative solutions to help the Judiciary in the “era of economic depression”.
“No doubt, financial integrity connotes absence of corruption and waste in the management of resources, as the Judiciary is primed to ensure effective Judicial accounting, operating with propriety and setting rational working principles which are standards expected of financial officers.
“As resource managers in the Judiciary, you must keep abreast of the current trends in the financial sector in an effort to curb corruption and waste, and in so doing, enhance transparency in your day to day activities in the Judiciary,” he added.
Justice Garba cautioned that doing otherwise will negatively impact the administration of justice.
The Workshop was organized to bring participants up to speed with global best practices on financial integrity and propeity in the Judiciary, he said.