The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, has scored the State Judiciary high in the discharge of its duties to promote just
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, has scored the State Judiciary high in the discharge of its duties to promote justice, peace, and democratic values in the State, wishing the stakeholders more of God’s guidance and capability to continue to execute their responsibilities creditably.
Governor Udom made this commendation today as he declared open the 2018/2019 Legal Year of the State Judiciary during its Interdenominational Church Service at Qua Iboe Church in Uyo, stressing that man can achieve nothing on his own power except by the grace and help of God.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the Governor noted that the State Judiciary has been a significant partner in the smooth running of the State, reiterating that the day’s ceremony has renewed his hope that the Judiciary during New Legal Year is well poised to discharge its responsibilities as interpreter of the Constitution and the protector of the rights of the citizens.
His words: “The Akwa Ibom State Judiciary, as a vital and an indispensable organ of our democratic system, has done spectacularly well and deserves our gratitude. I wish to assure you that our Government will continue to support the Judiciary in order to enable it dispense justice speedily and equitably to our people.”
Governor Udom expressed his happiness that the Judiciary was starting the New Legal Year on a sound footing, by reverencing God Almighty as the Custodian of Justice, adding that he is so convinced that the State Judiciary, in the course of this Legal Year, will continue to dispense justice equitably and be the last hope of the common man.
He remarks: “Your Lordships, as we gather here to mark the commencement of the New Legal Year, let me again thank you for the support and cooperation we have enjoyed since my assumption as Governor of our State.”
The State’s Chief Executive registered the best wishes, support and prayers of Government and the good people of the State to His Lordship, the Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham, Judges, Magistrates, and the entire staff of the Judiciary on the occasion of the opening the New Legal Year.
The Governor charged the State Judiciary to continue to uphold the rule of law, and in the process, help deepen the democratic traditions and values for the overall positive growth and development of the State and Nigeria in general.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Chief Judge, His Lordship, Justice Godwin Abraham, disclosed that the Judiciary attended the Church today for two reasons: to thank God for his sustenance and grace to end the last Legal Year well, and to commit the programmes and activities of the 2018/2019 Legal Year to God for His continued guidance and protection.
Justice Abraham commended the State Government for the remarkable support and fruitful working relationship it has given to the Judiciary, pledging to continue to make sure the Judiciary live up to its calling as the interpreter of the law without fear or favour.
In his homily, the General Superintendent of Qua Iboe Church International, Rev. E. M. Efanga, speaking on the topic: “Thanksgiving, Past and Present”, noted that thanksgiving is an expression of one’s gratitude to God.
Rev. Efanga, citing Psalm 103: 1-3, stressed that thanksgiving to God also includes one’s fear of God and application of moral justification and fairness in the course of dispensation of justice to people.
He challenged stakeholders in the Judiciary to strive to do to people what they expect people to do to them as God is watching every action of man to a fellow human.
The event was equally graced by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, Chief Judges of other States, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimoh, Nwoko, Members of the Bench and the Bar within and outside the State, the Clergy, and the general public.