Pay rise may not end cor­rup­tion among judges – Farounbi

The Punch - - NEWS - Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

Ex-nige­ria Am­bas­sador to the philip­pines, Dr Yemi Farounbi, on Mon­day said bet­ter pay for judges might not even­tu­ally end cor­rup­tion among judges in the coun­try.

He de­clared that the de­sire to be cor­rupt was an in­di­vid­ual mo­ti­va­tion that had noth­ing to do with how much such an in­di­vid­ual re­ceived as re­mu­ner­a­tion.

Farounbi spoke in Osogbo, Osun State, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of a book, “The Art of a lawyer,” writ­ten by Awoniyi Alabi, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of his 31 years of ad­vo­cacy and ac­tivism.

The former en­voy also ob­served that the per­for­mance of the bench in the past few years had been rather aver­age.

He said judges should be paid a rea­son­able amount within the con­text of the na­tion’s econ­omy, but stressed that pay­ing them very well did not mean there would not be cor­rup­tion.

Asked to as­sess the per­for­mance of the ju­di­ciary in the re­cent past, Farounbi said, “It is nei­ther out­stand­ing nor poor. It is on the aver­age.

“We have not wit­nessed any land­mark judg­ment. There has been no ev­i­dence of ju­di­cial ac­tivism that seeks to ex­pand the scope of our law.

“Also in many of the cases, the pro­ceed­ings have been pre­dictable, not be­cause the in­tel­lec­tual un­der­pin­nings are sound, but pre­dictable be­cause once you know the na­ture of the case or the na­ture of the judge, some­times you know the out­come.

“But it can be bet­ter, par­tic­u­larly you can make hear­ing of cases faster. The de­lays some­times are not good for jus­tice. The ju­di­ciary must stand up for so­cial jus­tice that is ap­pli­ca­ble to the greater num­ber of peo­ple in Nige­ria and not con­cen­trate on le­gal jus­tice.

“It is easy to want to earn what oth­ers earn, but are you do­ing what they are do­ing? Then, lawyers were re­spected for ju­di­cial ac­tivism and were de­fend­ers of the poor.

“Of course, I will say judges should be paid a rea­son­able amount within the con­text of Nige­rian econ­omy but pay­ing them very well does not mean there won’t be cor­rup­tion.

“The de­sire to be cor­rupt is an in­di­vid­ual mo­ti­va­tion that has noth­ing to do with how much you are paid.”

In his re­marks, the au­thor of the book, Awoniyi, lamented the de­cline in the qual­ity of lawyers be­ing pro­duced and ad­vised that any in­tend­ing lawyer should be ready for the de­mands of the pro­fes­sion.

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