Chris Mark Deinkoru
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has pledged support for the judiciary in the state which he notes remains the last hope of the common man.
The governor said this during a Thanksgiving Service held to commemorate the Bayelsa State Judiciary 2020/2021 Legal Year, at the Greater Evangelism World Crusade Opolo, Yenagoa.
November 27 of every year is set aside to celebrate the judiciary legal year.
Diri said it is very important to offer thanksgiving to God by all despite the situation in life.
He expressed his willingness to partner the judiciary to better develop Bayelsa against the state’s current lean financial resources.
Diri, who promised to assist to complete the Greater Evangelism World Crusade Auditorium, promised to address challenges facing the judiciary in Bayelsa State. “We will also try and address the pending issues and challenges facing the judiciary in Bayelsa”. He said at the event which attracted Judges and other legal practitioners.
In her remarks, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kate Abiri, said the legal year was an age-long British tradition, which the judicial community, the superior courts of records and other stakeholders take time out to give thanks to God for a successful end of a previous Legal Year.
She said, “In this epoch-making ceremony very fundamental issues relating to the entire Justice Sector in the state are usually discussed and addressed without bias by stakeholders in the sector.
“The Bench, the Private and Official Bar will be present addresses with a view to bring to the notice of the public and court users how it had faired, in it’s expectations and aspirations,” she said.
Abiri said at the passing into law of the Child’s Right Bill, the Family Court was created both at the Magistrate’s and High Court, respectively. “The Family Court ought to be a separate building that should be child friendly”, the CJ explained.
Abiri regretted that the Magistrate Court complex which construction work commenced since 2016 had yet to be completed , a situation she noted was hampering efficient and timely dispensation of justice in the Magistracy that has an increasing workload.
“The three arms of government in the state are in their best relationship without any fear of contradiction”, CJ Abiri added.