FIDA Calls for the Confirmation of Hon. Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as Substantive President of The Court of Appeal
FIDA Nigeria expresses her gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Honorable Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the acting President of the Court of Appeal. We are also glad to read that this re-appointment is because of the hard work and meritorious service of the Honorable judge.
Pursuant to Section 238(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Honourable Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has been acting as the President of the Court of Appeal as of right, is the “most senior Justice of the Court of Appeal” following the retirement of the Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa as substantive President of the Court.
FIDA Nigeria continues to support credible hardworking, meritorious women to break the glass ceiling around them. Having served diligently and upon reaching the pinnacle of their careers, women should not be deprived of their right to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
FIDA Nigeria notes that Hon. Justice Dongban- Mensem’s tenure in an acting capacity was only extended, we do not wish to go into the legality of this action or it’s adherence to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we, however, are worried that this trend is one too many, the recent case in Cross River State and Gombe State is an example.
FIDA Nigeria believes and have confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari, to act on the recommendation of the NJC by forwarding the name of Hon. Justice Dongban-Mensem to the Senate for confirmation, as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal. This will be well applauded as a reward of hard work, having discharged her duties diligently and satisfactorily and will also be a proof of adherence to the Constitution and the tenets of fairness and justice.
For FIDA Nigeria:
Rhoda Prevail Tyoden
Country Vice President/National President
National Publicity Secretary