“Charting the Course: Highlights from the 3rd NJI Fellowship Award Ceremony”


Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola emphasized that the challenges facing the Nigerian Judiciary are not unique to the country but rather historical and common globally. Speaking at the 3rd conferment of the National Judicial Institute (NJI) Fellowship Award in Abuja, he stressed the importance of analyzing these challenges through a historical lens to find effective solutions.


The CJN highlighted the significance of the fellowship award in recognizing individuals who have positively influenced the NJI, the Judiciary, and the nation as a whole. He noted that the ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect on the milestones and defining moments of Nigeria’s judicial system evolution.


The keynote lecture titled “On the Cusp of History: Nigerian Judiciary and the Challenge of Transformation in the 21st Century” offered insights into the past, present, and future of the judiciary. Professor Ademola Popoola, a seasoned expert in Comparative Law and International Law, emphasized the crucial role of an independent, impartial judiciary in democratic governance and the importance of upholding the rule of law.


Popoola stressed that the Judiciary serves as the cornerstone of conflict resolution and decision-making, ensuring social solidarity. He underscored the need for lawyers to scrutinize legal institutions and governance issues at both national and international levels.


In his welcome address, NJI Administrator Justice Salisu Garba highlighted the institute’s role in promoting judicial efficiency and uniformity. He praised the support of stakeholders and the contributions of esteemed individuals from the Bar and the Bench.


The ceremony saw the conferral of the NJI Fellowship Award upon notable figures, including the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), and President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, among others.


The highlight of the event was the commissioning of the Olukayode Ariwoola Administrative Building at the NJI by the CJN.

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