Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bar Association Confers Life Membership on Governor Wike


THE African Bar Association has conferred on Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, the life membership of its council for his efforts at reviving and stabilising the judiciary in the state.

The legal body conveyed the conferment on the governor via a letter presented to him its president, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, during a courtesy call at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.

Uwaifo said the association considered the development actions of the governor worthy of commendation, adding that he had proved to be a good ambassador of the legal profession.

In his response, Governor Wike pledged that he would continue to improve on entrenching the rule of law, which he said was vital to the development of the society.

He said the crisis that rocked the state judiciary lasted for long because members of the bar failed to speak against the ills being committed.

He noted that the stability and peace being enjoyed in the state judiciary had been consolidated with the emergence of substantive Chief Judge and President of Customary Court of Appeal.

He assured the African Bar Association that the financial autonomy granted the judiciary would be sustained, saying it was the only way to promote impartial adjudication of cases.
"We will always support the promotion of the rule of law. This is because the existence of the rule of law promotes peace and development", he added.

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