‘Computer literacy now complusory in Judiciary Employment’ – Kogi CJ gives out 60 laptops to JUSUN members

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Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah on Monday declared that computer literacy will henceforth form part of the pre-requisites for employment into the state Judiciary among other criteria.

Ajanah made the declaration during the formal presentation of 60 laptop computers to members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) under the first phase of the union’s computerization programme in Lokoja.

The Chief Judge said he was “very passionate” about computerization because it was the legal trend and the judiciary could not afford to be left behind in the development.

“We have virtually made it a pre-requisite for anybody seeking employment into this place to be computer literate and since we have made it a pre-requisite, it behooves on us to make those already in our employment computer literate.”

He promised that the Judiciary would underwrite 20 per cent of the total cost of the computers acquired under the first phase of the programme saying: “This is a project that is very important to us in the Judiciary.”

Speaking earlier, Mr Daniel Adinoyi, state chairman of JUSUN said the laptops which were of the latest HP products were procured for distribution to members at the cost of N110,000 a piece and to be paid for in installments.

The union, he said, took the decision because almost every department of the judiciary had been computerized and the staff needed to be computer literate to optimize their productivity.

Adinoyi said that acquisition of personal computers had become a necessity rather than luxury as he lamented that most of the members, if left to save money to buy the laptops on their own, would never own one.

The JUSUN chairman thanked the Chief Judge for creating the enabling environment, his “unwavering interest” in the welfare of staff and how dear their matters were to him.

Malam Shuaib Abdulsalam, Chief Registrar of the state Sharia Court of Appeal, in his vote of thanks commended the Chief Judge for ensuring the hegemony of JUSUN in the state and for making staff matters uppermost in his heart.