Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson says befitting accommodation and official vehicles would be provided for Judges and Magistrates in the state, to assist in the official discharge of their constitutional duty.Making the promise at the official signing of the State Judiciary Financial Autonomy bill into law, the Gove

rnor said judicial officials deserve a better treatment, noting the sensitive nature of their assignment.
In addition to the residential quarters, the Governor disclosed that his administration has approved the construction of a multi-door Court House which is aimed at enhancing the operations of the State Judiciary, especially in the area of alternative dispute resolution.According to him, availability of efficient judicial services in the state will give fillip to government efforts at diversifying the local economy.“The economy that we are diversifying is such that we want people who are coming to invest and live here to have confidence in our Judiciary; not just the formal litigation side of it but also the alternative ways of dispute resolution”.

To facilitate the prompt delivery of the official vehicles to the Judicial officials, the Governor directed the State Commissioner for Transport to expedite action on the procurement of the vehicles before the end of the year, adding, “I believe that the Honourable Commissioner for Transport will get in touch with you before the end of today, because we also want to provide befitting official vehicles for Judges and Magistrates in the state.“I recall that the last time vehicles were given to the affected officials was when I was the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and that is quite some time”.Responding, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri commended the efforts of the Governor, pointing out that the signing of the bill commences the implementation of section 121, subsection 3 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


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