From L – R: Speaker, BYHA, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson, Chief Judge, Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, and his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), during the 2013/2014 Legal Year ceremonies, at the High Court complex, Yenagoa.
AS LEGAL YEAR OPENS IN BAYELSA, GOV DICKSON WANTS JUDGES TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH UTMOST SENSE OF CAUTION
Judges in the country have been urged to perform their professional duties with utmost sense of caution to meet societal expectation as the last hope of the common man.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson gave the charge at a special inter-denominational thanksgiving service marking the beginning of the 2013/14 Legal Year in the State at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.
Acknowledging the supremacy of God, the Governor who was represented by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Francis Egele called on members of the Bar and Bench to apply the fear of God in the discharge of their responsibilities.
As interpreters of the laws of the land, he noted that they play a critical role in promoting the growth and development of the country, pointing out that any failure on the part of the Judiciary, would adversely affect the wellbeing of society.
Governor Dickson, who congratulated the State Judiciary for carrying out its statutory duties with candor, urged them to maintain the gesture to enhance peace and security in the State.
Delivering a sermon titled, “True Worshippers” at the service, the International Director of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Apostle Geoffrey Numbere stressed the need for man to serve God in truth.
Apostle Numbere, who was represented by the Rivers State Minister of the church, Pastor Ibim Alabraba, particularly enjoined legal practitioners to uphold the virtue of truthfulness in carrying out their duties.
In her remarks, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, said the thanksgiving service was put together to enable the Judicial Arm appreciate God for the achievements it recorded in the out gone year.
Describing God as the only true source of wisdom, the Chief Judge remarked that the service was also targeted at dedicating the new legal year into God’s care.
The service, which was anchored by the Greater Evangelism World Crusade, featured special prayers for the State Judiciary, Governor Dickson and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Governor Dickson read the first lesson while the State Chief Judge read the second one.
The service was well attended by members of the Bar and Bench, top Government functionaries including the Speaker of the State House of assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, traditional rulers, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd) and other well wishers of the Judiciary.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (L), exchanging pleasantries with Chief Charles Edosomwan, SAN, (2nd R), while the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Kate Abiri (2nd L), and Larry Selekowei, SAN, (R), looks on with delight, during the 2013/2014 Legal Year Ceremonies, at the High Court Complex, Yenagoa
From L – R: Chief Judge of Delta State, Hon. Justice Zailayedawo Smith, Deputy Governor, Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, and the Speaker, BYHA, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson, during the Court Session, as part of activities to mark the 2013/2014 Legal Year Ceremony, at the High Court Complex, Yenagoa.