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Legislature, judiciary aided my administration’s success – Okowa

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has attributed the achievements of his administration to “the unflinching support of the judiciary and the legislature arms.”

The governor  applauded the two arms for the unalloyed support given to his administration in these eight years, stressing that he was able to achieve all that he had because of the peaceful and cordial relationship enjoyed with both arms.

He made the remarks in his congratulatory message to the President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state, Hon Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze on her retirement from the bench.

Justice Elumeze bowed out of service on Monday after a meritorious service at the clock of 65 years.

Okowa described the retiring judge as a disciplined and hardworking jurist, adding that the state was proud of her.

He said, “His Lordship that is retiring today you have really done a great lot of work with us in government and I am glad you have
served your best in the course of duty, and I thank God that you have also been recognised with the papal honour.

“It is my hope that as you retire, even listened to the Reverend Father in the Church today, who spoke about your charity and now that you have received the honour, it is now for you to truly work more for humanity and also work more for the church of Christ.”

On the issue of autonomy, Okowa maintained that Delta State was among the first to approve full autonomy to the legislature and judiciary, noting that the judiciary was expected to approve its contracts without recourse to the executive.

He, however, expressed concerns over the non completion of the new High Court complex in December 2022 as expected, explaining that the reason was neither that of the Chief Judge nor his office.

“I have done my best. I don’t think we owe.  But unfortunately, we are not able to push the contractors beyond their limits. We have even had at a point in time, as the Chief Judge knows, we had to do something ordinarily we ought not to do by further advancing funds in the course of the project just to get the contract done; it is not normally done in the process of contract award and execution, but we had to do that to speed up the job,” he said.

While reassuring of his commitment to complete the project, Okowa attributed the delay to “inflationary tendencies in the country that caught up with the contractor that necessitated review along the line.”

The state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Tessy Diai, described the retiring Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze as an amazing, disciplined and hardworking judicial officer who discharged her duties with the fear of God.

Justice Diai who presided over the special valedictory court session in honour of Justice Elumeze said, “I thank God that Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze is bowing out of service today not only hale and hearty, but with her integrity unblemished.”

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