The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked the nation’s judiciary to be up to date with the trends in Information Communications Technology (ICT).
The leadership of the NCC made the call at the 18th annual capacity-building workshop organised for Nigerian judges which started in Lagos on Tuesday.
The workshop was themed “The digital world and the future of adjudication,” and had judges from the federal and state high courts, and appeal courts in attendance.
At the workshop, the Chairman, NCC Board of Commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande, sought more contributions towards Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development in Nigeria and stressed the need to constantly equip judicial officers with the requisite skills for effectual adjudication.
In the same vein, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the NCC, Prof. Garba Danbatta, in his address, said the Internet comes with several challenges, hence the need for judges to be exposed to the benefits as well as the challenges associated with new technologies.
Danbatta stressed the need for judges to be exposed to disruptive technologies, the rights of data subjects, and jurisdictional issues in the digital age.
Danbatta told the legal luminaries that they needed to get prepared for the potential increase in litigation in the area of ownership of online content and materials which will be spurred by an increased reliance on telecommunications.
Danbatta stated that the Commission conceived the idea of the workshop, as part of its strategic partnership and collaboration, as a forum to further build the capacity of the distinguished judges with practical insights on these emerging issues in the field of telecommunications.
On his part, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, commended the Commission for the annual forum while assuring the telecom regulatory of the commitment of the judiciary to using technology for justice dispensation as well as support a more robust legal ecosystem for sustaining socio-economic growth of Nigeria through telecoms sector.
Represented by Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Ariwoola said, through the use of ICT, the judiciary has improved, not just in judicial administration and services, but also in infrastructural development.
The Chief Justice stressed that the path to effective and efficient justice delivery in Nigeria lies in the collective ability to continuously improve the nation’s justice sector with the use of ICT tools.