•As Labour Institution Bill passes second reading
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
President Goodluck Jonathan has forwarded to the Senate the appointment of the new Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed for confirmation in conformity with section 231 sub-section (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Jonathan in a letter dated 10th November, 2014 and read on the floor of the Senate yesterday by the Senate President, David Mark, sought for expeditious confirmation of the appointment of the new CJN in view of the fact that the incumbent CJN, Justice Aloma Muktar leaves office on the 20th of this month upon attaining the retirement age of 70.
The letter titled “Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria ” reads in part, “In conformity with section 231 sub section (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , as amended, which gives the President powers to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria, acting on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to confirmation of the appointment by the Senate, I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed , CFR for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria….”.
However, the Senate has not fixed date for the screening and confirmation of the nominee before the committee of the whole in line with its laid down procedure.
Meanwhile the Senate yesterday passes for second reading, Labour Institutions (Establishment , Etc) Bill 2014.
The bill sponsored by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba (PDP Cross River Central), seeks among others, to provide for establishment of the National Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration, National Labour Council and the office of the registrar of Trade Unions to administer the provision of Labour laws in Nigeria.
According to Ndoma Egba, “the thrust of the bill is to transform the Industrial Arbitration Panel established under the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 LFN 2004, into a Commission which shall be responsible for regulating the practice and procedure of Industrial Arbitration and Conciliation in Nigeria”.
He argued that the transformation the bill is seeking for in the Industrial Arbitration Laws will further deepen the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the country.