Rivers state Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike today handed over 41 vehicles to the Rivers State Judiciary as he disclosed that the Rivers State Judges Quarters is set for commissioning.
At the presentation ceremony which took place at the Rivers State Judiciary Complex Governor Wike said:
“Today, we are taking, yet, another unprecedented step, to replace the old vehicles for our judges in fulfilling of our promise and as part of our continuing efforts to improve working conditions and enhance effective delivery of Justice in the State. “
Speaking on improvements that have occured in the Rivers state Judiciary Governor Wike said
“We implemented significant policy and institutional changes, renovated existing court houses, built and opened more courts, automated the case filing and handling process, employed more judges, magistrates and Law officers, provided unprecedented material support to the Federal Courts and expanded access to justice in the State.”
He explained that Judges need suitable working and living conditions to enable them function properly. He said:
“It goes without saying therefore, that if we must deserve the best, committed and hardest-working judicial officers in our nation, then, we must equally endeavour to provide the best working conditions, including functional operational vehicles, adequate remuneration, security and conducive accommodation in a serene environment to each and every one of them. ”
“It is only then we can rigorously hold our judicial officers accountable to the high moral standards of their office and the effective discharge of their constitutional functions.”
“We believe and hope that these facilities and generous incentives would spur our judges to maintain the highest sense of responsibility, integrity, efficiency, and productivity in the discharge of your functions.”
Speaking further Governor Wike said the expectation from the Rivers State Judiciary is high as they have been sufficiently equipped in manpower and infrastructure to enable them deliver justice without fear or favour affection or ill will.
“There should be no more excuses for corruption and indolence in job performance among our judges with the level of incentives and entitlements we are providing.” he said.
The event had in attendance
Hon Chief Judge of the Rivers State Judiciary, Justice Adannma Iyayi Laminkara.
President of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal (CCA), Hon Justice Chritiana Gabriel Nwankwo
Judges of the Rivers State Judiciary
The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, represented by Barr O.C.J Okocha SAN.
The NBA represented by Prince Nyekwere
Members of the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission
The Chief Registrars of the Rivers State High Court and the State’s Customary Court of Appeal
Magistrates of the Rivers State Judiciary
The Chairmen of the Eight NBA branches.
Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary.