The state of Akwa Ibom in southern Nigeria has introduced online payment for all legal fees, becoming the first Nigerian state to introduce e-payments in its judiciary arm.
The state has also acquired an e-Judiciary enterprise resources planner (ERP), an electronic application that handles court processes.
According to the chief judge of the state Justice Idongesit Ntem Isua, the platform supports all categories of legal payments.
“You can now pay court fees, fines and judgment debts online. Cases can now be filed online and research and virtual studies can be done in our e-library which is also accessed online on payment of a token fee,” he said in a message posted on the portal.
In addition to the e-services, the government has also supported the state’s judiciary system with a law pavilion and Compulaw in the e-library, in addition to a legal resource center.
Isua said: “We give all the glory to the Almighty God for enabling us to raise the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary to this level. We are also very grateful to His Excellency, the Governor of this State, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio for supporting us in this project which is our modest contribution to his transformation of the state.
“This portal is another step in our effort to enhance transparency, ensure greater accuracy of records and ultimately achieve greater efficiency and speedier delivery of justice.”