A SPEECH PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF T. A. ORJI (OCHENDO), GOVERNOR ABIA STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW OFFICE COMPLEX OF THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, HOLDING AT THE CHIEF TOM ORJI IKORO ROAD UMUAHIA, ON THE 25TH DAY OF JUNE, 2013
It gives me great pleasure to be here today to commission this new office complex built for our workers in the Ministry of Justice. The importance of today’s event is that it confirms our deliberate strategy of developing Abia State through our legacy projects. This strategy is certainly working and it has become our genuine attempt to deepen democracy in our State through the building of sustainable institutions, such as this complex. Each time I personally review what our Government has been doing through our legacy projects in all sectors, including the judiciary, I feel fulfilled and ready to challenge the doubting-Thomases who thought we could never do it.
The truth is that the evidence is here and is verifiable and can last for generations. The evidence we have in this office complex is that we have taken on the long ignored challenge of rebuilding a virile Judiciary in Abia State – as the truly Third Arm of our democratic governance. The truth is that justice, equity and fairness will remain a mirage in a democratic system, if those charged with its delivery are not provided with the environment and the resources to perform optimally. That is what we have done today. By ensuring that our workers within the Ministry of Justice are provided with comfortable accommodation that enable them begin to give adequate attention and support to all those charged with the maintenance of our legal system and institutions, we have through this complex, laid the enabling foundation for justice and equity to thrive in our democracy and for the judiciary to take its proper place.
I am very confident that our workers in the Ministry of Justice will be re-energized and find new reasons to rise above their past performance, and by every means, support and justify the general belief of our society that ‘the judiciary is the final hope of the common man in a democracy’.
I want to thank everyone whose efforts and contributions lead to the speedy achievement of this project, especially the former Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State, the contractors, and many other involved in one form or the other. On that note, I will proceed to commission this beautiful edifice, to the Glory of God!