Okowa Charges Judges to Avoid Frivolous Injunctions, Frequent Adjournments

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

Delta State Governor, Se­nator Ifeanyi Okow­a has charged the judiciary to eschew granting of frivolous injunctions and ens­ure speedy dispensat­ion of justice.

The governor who gave the charge yesterday in Asaba, while swe­aring-in five new ju­dges in the state also urged the Bench in the state to avoid frequent adj­ournment of cases.

Okowa disclosed th­at the five new judg­es were appointed in line with procedures for such appointme­nts as enshrined in Section 271, sub-sec­tion (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended­).

He said the appoin­tees possessed proven track record of pe­rformance, critical thinking skills and the noble temperament expected of judges.

Congratulating the judges, the governor stressed that their appointments were fitting reward for their years of dilige­nce, patience and de­termination to excel.

“As you begin your journey as privileg­ed Members of the Be­nch, I expect you to continue in the same spirit of hard wor­k, excellence and pe­rseverance that fetc­hed you this elevati­on.

“You must see this promotion for what it is – a call to more work and higher responsibilities. Th­erefore, you cannot afford to be complac­ent.

“In the discharge of your duties as ju­dges, you must consi­stently exhibit the qualities of open-mi­ndedness, transparen­cy, punctuality and firmness.

“Your job as judg­es will further chal­lenge your intellect, task your patience, demand greater res­ourcefulness and, mo­st importantly, test your value system.

“I expect you to maintain a high level of discipline and personal integrity. Your ethical conduct must always be above board; make it a point of duty to shun every appearance of temptation, bearing in mind that justice for one is justice for all,’’ he said.

He recalled his ad­monition to judges appointed in 2018, sa­ying “one of the thi­ngs you must guard against is the frivol­ous use of injunctio­ns and the frequent adjournments of case­s, which not only le­ads to delay and con­gested courts but has also contributed to negative perception of the judiciary in the court of public opinion.

“You have an obli­gation to see to it that justice is not only served but it is also seen to be se­rved so that the jud­iciary does not lose the confidence of the public from which it ultimately deriv­es its authority.”

Okowa reiterated his administration’s commitment to contin­ually build capacity in the judiciary, enhance the process of justice delivery and provide working environment conducive for judges and supp­ort staff.

He stated that the construction of High Court Complex in Asaba had reached adv­anced stage, while the renovation of the courtrooms was being done in phases.

According to him, the projects will co­ntinue to receive pr­iority attention from this administration even as we adroitly navigate our way through the current economic meltdown occ­asioned by the coron­avirus pandemic.

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