GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
SUBJECT: GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA SAYS HE WOULD CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN THE CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIS GOVERNMENT & THE JUDICIARY IN THE STATE
Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the relationship between the Judiciary Workers in the State and his government has remained cordial and assured that he would continue to work for the sustenance of the lofty relationship, adding that his administration has always placed high premium on the welfare of the Judicial Officers and workers.
The governor had spoken at the ceremony to mark the formal opening of the Imo State 2016/2017 Legal year at the premises of the State High Court on Monday, February 27, 2017, adding that the State government pays the Judicial Officers and workers in the State Judiciary more than what their counterparts in other States were being paid by their respective State governments and demanded to be proved wrong on the claim with facts and figures.
He also mentioned measures or actions his administration had taken towards the welfare of the Judiciary workers.
He assured on the completion of the Justice Oputa Courts Complex and also promised that more Judges would be appointed to ensure speedy dispensation of Justice in the State notwithstanding that he had recently appointed eight new Judges, stressing that it has been his desire to see an enviable Imo Judiciary every Imo person could be proud of.
Governor Okorocha demanded that lawyers in the State should commend him in so many areas his government has done well and also offer constructive criticisms in few areas they feel more need to be done, advising that the State branch of NBA should not operate like a Political Party or as an opposition Party to the government, noting that of all that the government had done for the State chapter of the NBA they had found it difficult to express gratitude.
He commended the Chief Judge, the Judges, the Magistrates and all the Judiciary workers and Judicial Officers for their understanding, and also told Judges to always feel free to approach him on any issue on how to make the Judiciary in the State an enviable institution.
He expressed happiness that he was able to open many roads in Owerri and environs, that, the excruciating traffic congestion that had made Judges and Lawyers going to Courts late has become a thing of the past, adding that his administration would continue with the Urban Renewal Programme until the desire of the government to make Owerri a brand new City is achieved.
The Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Pascal Nnadi in his address at the event thanked the governor for his Continuous support to the State Judiciary, and also expressed gratitude to the people of the State for having faith in the Judiciary, stating that the Judiciary and all Institutions that relate to it in the performance of its sacred duty are like Co-joined twins that are inseparable and should work together to advance the course of Justice in the State.
The Chief Judge also disclosed that the number of cases filed in the High Court from 1st October 2015 to September 30, 2016 are 23,192, while the number of Cases Pending within the same period was 94,559, whereas 853 Cases were disposed, adding that a total of 78,581 Cases were pending and 2,190 Cases disposed in the Magistrate Court.