The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has sworn in five new justices with a charge to ensure speedy dispensation of judgments.
Dr. Okowa, who performed the swearing ceremony in Asaba, the Delta State capital, urged the five judges to avoid granting frivolous injunctions and frequent adjournments.
Okowa said:“One of the things you, judges, 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 the negative perception of the judiciary in the court of public opinion.”
While noting that such bottlenecks were inimical to the development of the judicial system, the Governor said “judges have an obligation to see to it that justice is served, so that the Judiciary does not lose the confidence of the public from which it ultimately derives its authority.”
He further stressed “as judges, fairness, equity and justice must be your watchword at all times. You must maintain a high level of focus, discipline and personal probity.”
The Governor advised the justices to be hard working, forthright and diligent, urging “challenge your intellect, demand greater resourcefulness, task your creativity, stretch your patience, encroach on your time and test your value system.”
He also remarked that the judges were screened, selected and appointed in line with Section 271, sub-section (2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
One of the newly appointees, Mrs. Celestina Dafe-Idise, who responded on behalf of others, expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Delta State for the privilege to serve and promised to perform their duties in accordance with the constitution and laws of the country.
Those sworn in as justices of the Delta State Judiciary include Mrs. Celestina Dafe-Idise, Egwu Joe, Dr. Anthony Ezonfade Okorodas, Mrs. Blessing Oghale Ideh and Edun Ajueyitsi Joshua.