One of the leading ICT firms, 4tune Technologies Ltd has organized a physical training for the selected officers of the Damaturu Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria as part of the knowledge update on affixing e-signature/court stamp on the document filed by the counsel via the electronic filing application portal deployed via www.fhcportal.ng for the court free of charge as part of their corporate social responsibility to ease the administration of justice.
The 4-hour hands-on experience training was held on Friday 23rd September 2022 at the Justice Ukeje Hall, Headquarters of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The CEO of the firm, Mr. Fatai Abiodun said the essence of the training was to complement the successes recorded since the deployment of the application last year in Damaturu.
He further said that with the practicability of the training, the registry staff would be able to sign and stamp processes filed electronically, and the same can be served on other parties electronically, usage by the Court and the presiding Judge and counsel would be able to place additional reliance on the system.
Abiodun said the software was upgraded with these new features to complement the effort of the Court on total digitalization of the court filing processes as counsel can file and manage their processes from their respective offices at any location, any time; and the court can also experience a fresh relieve from analog storage of files and usage by the judges.
He further maintained that with the application, a great percentage of the challenges associated with delay of justice would be defeated and the common man can truly experience a new face of justice as the court does not need to wait for the next pandemic to do the needful in the interest of the existence.
The firm applauded the sacrifice and cooperation of the Hon. Chief Judge, Justice Tsoho, and the foresightedness of the Presiding Judge of Damaturu Division, Hon. Justice F. M. Aminu on the success of the usage of the application and reiterate their commitment to providing the court with solutions that are technology driven.
When asked why the need for this sacrifice on the judiciary, Mr. Fatai said what affects judiciary, affects all and that the stress of litigants seeking justice must be reduced to the minimum.
It is important to restate that the indigenous ICT firm has been offering ICT service for the Damaturu Division of the Court on pro-bono, free of charge through the deployment of e-filing application, virtual Court sitting, and electronic hearing notice as part of their CSR to help in the administration of Judiciary while hoping that other court would tap from this benevolence.
One of the participants who spoke to us (Equity Press) at the end of the training, Mr. Sani Nuhu who is the Damaturu Station Registrar expressed great satisfaction with the training and the application deployed for them last year which has made their judicial duties easy and smooth.
He said the counsel can file and interact with the court from their respective locations and the stress of bringing inmates from Potiskum to Damaturu is no more through the possibility of the seamless virtual sitting, electronic hearing notice being coordinated by the firm.
“I do not know how best to thank them for their sacrifice on the efficiency of our work. My Lord does not need to travel with files anymore as everything is on the portal and counsel are happy with the development.
“Special thanks to the Chief Judge, and Milord Justice Aminu for identifying this talent, and with this training, we are super better as a court to provide effective and efficient judicial services.” Sani remarked