The Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has assured the state Judiciary that government will motivate it to discharge its functions effectively.
Addressing magistrates in the state during a meeting at Government House, Owerri, Owelle Okorocha regretted that they have been performing their duties under deplorable conditions and dilapidated court structures and expressed government’s appreciation of their services.
The governor said, “I want to say thank you, despite this, we appreciate you, and I am sure you are aware of the situation we are going through in our nation, the dwindling oil prices and the dwindling subvention to government.”
He charged the magistrates to assist the state government in increasing its internally generated revenue to complement the dwindling federal allocation to the state to enable it carry out its statutory functions and fulfill its promise of building industries and creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth.
He called for their support in government’s effort to boast internally generated revenue, IGR, and bring to justice those who contravene basic laws of the state including sanitation laws and assured them that government will do its best to encourage them.
The governor expressed government’s intention to rationalize the workforce by flushing out workers who are not serious with their duties and strengthen the workforce by engaging new hands.
The governor who presented the magistrates with new official cars there announced plans to rehabilitate and renovate dilapidated courts to make them conducive for the dispensation of justice. Governor Okorocha disclosed other measures to be taken by government to enhance their working condition saying, on “other issues of your welfare regarding to your accommodation, government has also decided to make sure that every magistrate will live within the locality where his or her court is. We have taken the issue of your security into consideration as we have told you that those who do not have police orderlies will have theirs, as the commissioner of Police has been requested to release them.”
The governor expressed happiness that the campaign promises he made four years ago including free education, building of schools and hospitals, construction of roads and provision of infrastructure were fulfilled and pledge to effectively implement his 2015 promises of building factories and industries and provision of jobs for the unemployed youths.
Speaking, the state Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi thanked governor Okorocha for his effort to uplift the judiciary and enhance the welfare of magistrate in the state, describing it as steps in the right direction.
Justice Nnadi expressed confidence that the measures embarked upon by government will solve problems militating against smooth dispensation of justice in the state and pleaded with the governor to ensure that the backlog of salaries, running costs, imprest allocations, and power bills are cleared while members of the judiciary would appreciate it if they are assisted in hosting the national conference of their organization scheduled for this month.