Press release 26 May 2010
EU/UNODC PROJECT BOOSTS NJI LIBRARY
On 26 May 2010, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) presented the National Judicial Institute (NJI) with about 3,000 publications to enrich the institute's library. The publications include various training manuals for judges and court employees as well as court user guides and the UNODC handbook series.
NJI is the primary partner and counterpart of UNODC in the implementation of a 25 Million Euro programme funded by the European Union. The judicial component of the project is aimed at strengthening judicial integrity and capacity of the Nigerian judiciary by improving access to justice, the quality and timeliness of justice delivery; strengthening the accountability, oversight and independence of courts; and promoting increased coordination across the criminal justice system.
Over the course of project implementation, 3 key training programmes have been jointly developed with NJI on Judicial Ethics, Corruption Casework as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice. Furthermore, the project has issued a grant to NJI for the conduct of over 40 training events across 10 Nigerian states. The beneficiaries of the trainings include 2,250 staff of the judiciary comprising of judges, magistrates, customary court judges, registrars, bailiffs, court clerks, prosecutors and investigators etc.
The presentation of publications was made by UNODC's Senior Project Coordinator Mr. Oliver Stolpe to the NJI Administrator, Hon. Justice Umaru Eri who was represented by the institute's Secretary Mrs. P. M. Ayua. During the presentation, Mr. Stolpe stated that UNODC is also collaborating with the NJI to upgrade the institute's website to include all of the publications presented. While expressing the appreciation and gratitude of the institute to the EU and UNODC, Mrs. Ayua acknowledged that the publications are an invaluable resource to the entire Nigerian judiciary.