By Sunday Iduh
Benue State governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia has assured that his administration is commitment to give structures of the state judiciary a facelift to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
The governor gave the assurance last Friday during the Commissioning ceremony of Upper Area Court, Otukpo reconstructed by the immediate past Deputy Governor of Benue State, Engineer Benson Abounu.
He appealed for patience and support to his administration to ensure that things work, stating that there was a general infrastructural decay in the state and his administration is ready to tackle the challenges head long.
He lauded the former deputy governor and Godwin Obla, who Obla had earlier reconstructed some administrative blocks for the Upper Area Court for playing their roles in the development of the state.
The governor promised to furnish the reconstructed upper area court and announced a donation of a bus to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Otukpo branch.
Governor Alia condoled with the Och’ Idoma and the people of Zone C over the unfortunate robbery incident that led to the loss of lives some weeks ago in Otukpo.
He commended the people for supporting his administration, pledging that he will continue to work with the sons and daughters of the state for the betterment of the state.
In his remarks, Engineer Abounu, who was highly elated, expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for him to give back to the society from which he said, he gained from tremendously.
“It will be recalled that on the 21st day of December, 2022, I made a pledge to have the then dilapidated Upper Area Court, Otukpo reconstructed. That was the day we witnessed the commissioning of the renovated High Court 1 and the constructed Chief Morgan Ogbole Bar Centre by Chief Godwin Obla, SAN.
“It is my pleasure and gratitude to God that we are here today to celebrate the fulfillment of that pledge. The Upper Area Court now wears a new look”, he said.
He expressed appreciation to the Governor for accepting to commission the project and thanked the Chief Judge for giving the approval for the realization of the project.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Maurice Ikpambese in a remark, said he was happy to witness the face lift that the judiciary is experiencing and appealed to the governor to fund the judiciary adequately to enable them function optimally.