The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has inaugurated a disciplinary tribunal for Architects.
A statement by the CJN’s media aide, Ahuraka Isah, said that at the inauguration, the chairman, secretary, members and assessor of the tribunal took oaths of office administered by Justice Mohammed.
The current President of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Umar Aliyu, was sworn in as the Chairman of the tribunal, while the Registrar of ARCON, Umar Saulawa Murnai, was inaugurated as the secretary.
Other members of the tribunal are Gabriel Ajayi, Emmanuel Omatsome, Waheed Brimmo, Njoku Adibe, Saleh Yunusa, and Aliyu Mode.
The assessor is Nwabuike Edechime.
The disciplinary tribunal for architects was set up by virtue of Architects (Registration, etc) Act, Cap A19, LFN 2004.
The law empowers it to conduct hearings into the disciplinary matters pertaining to conducts that contravene the Rules and Code of Conduct guiding the ethics of the profession.
The CJN urged tribunal members to abide by their oath of office and oath of allegiance and be fair and just to those whose matters would be brought before them.
“Yours is like the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee that handles disciplinary cases against Lawyers alleged of involvement of infamous conduct in the legal profession.
“The body awards sanctions of various degrees on erring lawyers including Senior Advocates of Nigeria; and also sets some free if the allegations against them are unsubstantiated.
“Your tribunal is therefore vested with quasi-judicial functions that require you to give a fair hearing to parties and be just to those appearing before you.”
The tribunal chairman, Aliyu, commended the CJN for making it possible for the tribunal to be duly inaugurated and vested with the legitimacy to act.
Aliyu noted that the inauguration of the disciplinary tribunal for architects had been delayed for the past six years, until the CJN’s intervention to constitute it.
He said, “We sincerely thank the CJN for painstakingly making this inauguration, which could not be done for the past six years, a reality.
“This nation that has been suffering from incessant incidents of collapsed buildings and unscrupulous elements for a long time, owe the CJN a debt of gratitude.”