Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has reiterated his administration’s resolve to uphold the independence of the judiciary and abide by the rule of law. He described them as the only panacea to bad governance.
Ihedioha spoke when he swore in nine judges – seven for the High Court and two for the Customary Court of Appeal – at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Executive Council Chambers in the Government House, Owerri.
He noted that the three arms of government must collaborate for good governance to thrive.
The governor also disclosed that his administration had maintained a symbiotic relationship with other arms of government, adding that plans were on to enhance the status of the judicial system after several years of neglect.
“This administration achieved these feats within a short time despite our financial constraints.”
The Governor opined that one of such feats is the NJC approval of nine judges for Imo state which is the highest, trailed by Rivers State, which got four. He believes it is a testimony of the state’s unwavering resolve to entrench the tenets of rule of law which can be achieved with an efficient and formidable judiciary
Chief Justice Paschal Nnadi said Ihedioha had revitalised the judiciary, which has translated to numerous gains to the judicial system, including quick expedition of cases.
He thanked the governor for rejuvenating the judiciary, and assured him that the judiciary would continue to serve justice to all.
On behalf of the judges, Justice Ihuoma Grace Chukwunyere, , promised that they would uphold the law at all times.