A SPEECH PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF T. A. ORJI (OCHENDO), GOVERNOR ABIA STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF 3 HIGH COURT JUDGES OF ABIA STATE JUDICIARY, AND 2 JUDGES OF THE CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, ABIA STATE, RESPECTIVELY. HOLDING AT THE EXCO CHAMBERS OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE, UMUAHIA, ON THE 12TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2012
DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
I am very pleased to be here today, as we perform this ceremony of swearing-in the appointed judges of the High Court of Abia State, and the Customary Court of Appeal, of Abia State Judiciary, respectively.
The Judges being sworn-in today, have been screened, selected and appointed in line with laid down procedures for such appointments, and without any undue interference from any quarters, what-so-ever; and in accordance with the Constitutional provisions.
By the provision of Section 271, sub section (2) of the 1991 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended; and Section 281, sub section (2) of the same Constitution, as amended, respectively, – the appointments of judges of the High Court of Abia State, and the Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal of Abia State, respectively, – shall be made by the Governor of the State, on recommendations of the National Judicial Council.
In accordance with the above provisions, respectively, the Abia State Judicial Council had nominated 6 candidates for consideration by the National Judicial Council for appointment as High Court Judges of Abia State; and another set of 4 candidates, for consideration as Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal of the State.
Accordingly, the National Judicial Council had deliberated on the submitted sets of nominees, and in their wisdom, found the following candidates suitable for appointments as Judges.
They represent some of our best and finest materials in the Bench and from the Bar, and are coming to their new positions with wide and varying experience to the benefit of our State and citizens. They are:
- Mrs Ugbo Ononogbo, Chief Registrar, High Court of Justice, Umuahia. High Court Judge
- Mr Amanze Chikwendu Chioma, Private Legal Practitioner, Umuahia High Court Judge
- Mr Collington Uche Okoroafor, Head, Citizens’ Right Dept,
Ministry of Justice, Umuahia High Court Judge
4. Mr Nathan Uche Wachukwu, Secretary, Judicial Service Commission Abia State. Customary Court of Appeal Judge
5. Mr Agbara Amaobi Laz, Private Legal Practitioner, Lagos Customary Court of Appeal Judge
It is my hope that these new Judges we swear-in today will approach their new assignments with zeal and enthusiasm, and do their very best in decongesting our Courts, so that they begin to match and compliment the good efforts of our Government in improving the ambiance and environments of our Court buildings and surroundings.
You should ride on these crests provided by our Administration to key into the reformative process of improving legal service delivery to our State and citizens, in accordance with our democratizing principles and the rule of the law.
I also congratulate all the judges being sworn-in today and your families. I expect you to do what is required to be good agents of change, by dedicating your services to uplifting the sagging image of the Judiciary in our State and the Nation, through your discipline and maintenance of a high level of incorruptibility.
Yours is an assignment requiring a high level of knowledge, wisdom, commitments and unbiased fairness, and I believe you will not fail the State and your families.
THANK YOU AND God BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.