Gov Ortom charges judiciary on integrity

By Matthew Ajai-Kume

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on Benue State Judiciary to maintain its integrity and always work for the quick adjudication of justice.

Governor Ortom, who was represented by Attorney General of the state and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Michael Gusa made the call Saturday during Benue State Judiciary 2022 and 2023 Legal Year Celebration with the Theme: “State of the Nation and the Future of Democracy in Nigeria” held at Benue Hotels and Resort, Makurdi.

He charged the state judiciary to redouble its efforts by maintaining the resilience and commitment it is known for.

“I’m assuring you that, the Executive will not interrupt the activities of the Judiciary, but my administration shall continue to maintain the rules of separation of powers however, we shall continue to create synergy to ensure the right thing is done to make our Judiciary very effective,” he said.

In an address, Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondoaver Kakaan assured that, the state judiciary, under his leadership shall continue to be committed to its duties and responsibilities for the good of all.

“I want to commend Benue State House of Assembly for enacting the Law for the State Judiciary Financial Autonomy and Governor Samuel Ortom for his assent to the law,” he stated.

In their separate speeches, former Chief Judge of the State, Justice Terna Puusu (Rtd), former President of Customary Court, Justice A.P. Utsaha (Rtd) and His Royal Highness, Justice Kpam Baaki (Rtd) called for the quick implementation of the Judiciary Autonomy Law in Benue State, in order to reposition the judiciary to  be more effective to handle its duties and responsibilities.

Earlier, Chairman, Central Planning Committee (CPC) of the event, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman thanked all for coming and appealed to them to concentrate on the presentation of the celebration papers for greater impact to the society and state judiciary in particular.

Papers were presented by Prof. P.T. Akper, SAN on the topic; “Access to Justice as a Panacea for an Egalitarian Society, while T.D. Pepe, SAN spoke on the topic; “Financial Autonomy: Myth or Reality” with Justices T.T. Asua, S.S. Chaha, J.M. Ijohor and Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General, Benue State, Barr S.C. Egede as discussants.

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