By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has charged the Judiciary to devise means of delivering justice in an expeditious, transparent and equitable manner.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori gave the advice at the Special Thanksgiving Mass to mark the opening of the 2020/2021 new Legal Year of the Delta State Judiciary held yesterday at Emmanuel the Saviour Catholic Church, Asaba
“ As you prepare to enter the new year, what is clear is that the Judiciary has to continue to find ways to deliver justice in a timely, transparent, and equitable manner.
“ It behoves you men of the bench, wig and silk to, as a matter of exigency, interrogate the use of interlocutory injunctions and requests for adjournments so that they do not obstruct the course of justice.”
The Governor who observed that it may sound trite, stated that the reason for reiterating the point was because it was vital to the health of justice system and how it was perceived by the public, from which the Judiciary derived its authority.
He pointed out that the State Government, would on her part, continue to do the needful by consolidating the achievements of the past and present administration to put the Judiciary on a sound footing to enable it function optimally without encumbrance.
To match action with words, according to him, new five judges of the High Court in the course of the 2019/2020 legal year were appointed as part of Government’s commitment to fill vacancies as quickly as possible so that the course of justice was not hindered through inadequate manpower, stressing that it underscored his administration’s resolve to build capacity in the Judiciary to enhance the process of justice delivery, and provide a conducive working environment for Judges and support staff.
He frowned at mischief makers whose stock-in-trade was to cause confusion and fan the embers of disunity by wrongly accusing government of not appointing judges to man the various judicial divisions in the State, saying: “ It is important that people get themselves properly informed so that they don’t mislead the public and heat up the polity unnecessarily.“