The President of the Community Court of Justice ECOWAS, Hon Justice Jerome Traore on Thursday, 19th January 2017 urged staff and the judges to work hard in order to surmount the challenges confronting the Court in its desire to ensure the ‘delivery of first class justice for the ever increasing litigants who continue to bring their cases before the Court’ in their quest for justice.

Addressing staff at the annual New Wishes of the Court, the President acknowledged that surmounting the challenges should be accompanied by ‘a continuous improvement in our working conditions and capacity building of both judges and staff’.

‘The work conditions of certain staff members deserve particular attention and in order to find solutions to the problems faced by each and every one, steps have been taken towards examining, in the shortest possible time, all the claims and requests submitted by the staff of the Court,’ he added.

He urged staff to avoid putting needless hurdles on the paths of others and refrain from deviant behavior, reminding them that discipline must ‘manifest as a constant feature of our day-today official work as no case of indiscipline will be tolerated.’

While promising the timely payment of due allowances, improvement in the working environment and reward for hardworking staff, the President expressed optimism that the ‘various committees set up to address the issues will find satisfactory solutions to the problems.’
He reminded staff that remedies being sought for their grievances must be governed by rules and the entire process for resolving their problems will have to be carried out within the strict confines of adherence to legality and objectivity.

The President commended the Nigerian government for the ongoing efforts to provide a befitting office accommodation for the Court through the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, who promised to act expeditiously on the problem when he hosted Judges of the Court during a courtesy call in September 2016.

Earlier, Mr. William Deiyan Towah, the Director of Administration and Finance(DAF) had presented the wishes of the staff during which he described the event as an important tradition that needs to be kept afloat as its binds and reenergizes  the workforce for the year ahead’.

After the financial challenges faced by the Court in 2016, he urged staff to look forward with hope to a better 2017 when some of challenges of the previous year in the areas of trainings, sensitization and staff welfare would addressed.

Delivering his 2017 best wishes, the Chief Registrar of the Court, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh implored the management to be guided by fairness, equity and justice in dealing with staff so that they get the best working conditions necessary for optimum result.

The Chief Registrar, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Athanase  Atanon also called for commitment from Staff and advised them  to desist from rumour mongering in order to realize an environment conducive for the realization of the objectives of the Court.

He noted that the court will only be able to deal with the increasing number of cases filed before it with the commitment of staff and the judges.

The Vice President of the Court, Honorable Justice Micah Wilkins Wright used the opportunity of the vote of thanks to pay glowing tribute to the Judges and Staff for the cohesion that has characterized the work of the Court and expressed the hope that this will be sustained as the Court continues to strengthen its role in the region’s integration and protection of the human rights of community citizens.