DELTA STATE COMMITTED TO EFFECTIVE JUSTICE DELIVERY SYSTEM, SAYS OKOWA

Fri Nov 25 2016

THE DELTA STATE GOVERNOR, SENATOR DR. IFEANYI OKOWA HAS REITERATED HIS ADMINISTRATION’S TOTAL COMMITMENTS TO AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT JUSTICE DELIVERY SYSTEM ANCHORED ON THE RULE OF LAW.

THE GOVERNOR STATED THIS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 AT ASABA, THE DELTA STATE CAPITAL WHILE DECLARING OPEN THE NETWORKS OF JUSTICE REFORM TEAMS (JRT) CONFERENCE, HELD AT THE PRESTIGIOUS GRAND HOTELS AND RESORTS.

GOVERNOR OKOWA WHO WAS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY TO THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT, HON. FESTUS OVIE AGAS, SAID THE JUSTICE SECTOR AS A VITAL SECTOR, REQUIRES REGULAR REFORMS TO MAKE ADMINISTRATION QUICKER AND CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE.

ACCORDING TO HIM, “THE STATE IS JUSTICE REFORM MINDED; HENCE SINCE THE JUSTICE REFORM COMMITTEE WAS INAUGURATED, A LOT HAVE BEEN DONE WHILE BEFORE NOW, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN DOMESTICATED AND IS AT PRESENT BEFORE THE STATE ASSEMBLY.”

WE NEED NATIONAL JUSTICE POLICY THAT WILL ENCOURAGE QUICK DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE PARTICULARLY CRIMINAL JUSTICE, HE SAID

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE EVENT, THE STATE’S ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE, MR. PETER MRAKPOR, SAID THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAS INSISTED THAT THE JUDICIARY IN MANY FRONTS, SAYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN THE RULE OF LAW AND THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION BILL, 2016 WILL SOON BE PASSED INTO LAW BY THE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, WHILE SAYING THAT THE CONFERENCE WILL LOOK INTO ISSUES THAT WILL FAST TRACK THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN RELATION TO THE PROTECTION OF WITNESSES WHO ARE TO TESTIFY IN CRIMINAL CASES SUCH AS RAPE.

ACCORDING TO GOVERNOR OKOWA “IN MOST CASES, VICTIMS DON’T WANT TO COME TO COURT TO TESTIFY, BUT THE STATE IS EDUCATING AND SENSITIZING THE PUBLIC AND IT IS YIELDING BETTER RESULTS.”

HE SAID THE ISSUES OF RAPE IS TAKING A TERRIFYING DIMENSION; ADDING THAT THE STATE HAS PUT MEASURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT SUCH PEOPLE ARE PUNISHED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

AS A STATE, WE HAVE INTRODUCED THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ADR MECHANISM, STRESSING THAT THE STATE IS ANCHORED ON THE RULE OF LAW, WHICH WILL TURN ATTRACT PEACE AND INVESTOR, THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

SIMILARLY, THE STATE CHIEF JUDGE, HONOURABLE JUSTICE MARSHAL UMUKORO, SAID THE STATE AND THE JUDICIARY IN PARTICULAR HAVE DONE MUCH TO ENSURE QUICK JUSTICE DELIVERY. HE SAID THAT SINCE HE ASSUMED OFFICE, MORE JUDICIAL DIVISIONS AND MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN CREATED, INCLUDING REVENUE COURTS, AS WELL AS PUBLIC COMPLAINTS DESK, ADDING THAT ALL THESE WERE DONE TO ENSURE THAT JUSTICE IS FASTER AND CLOSER TO OUR PEOPLE.

IN THE SAME VEIN, PROF. MUHAMMED TABIU, NATIONAL COORDINATOR, FEDERAL JUSTICE REFORM TEAMS (JRT) CONFERENCE I HIS GOODWILL REMARKS, SAID THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS ORGANIZED TO ADDRESS SERIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING JUSTICE DELIVERY IN THE COUNTRY.

HE SAID ISSUES WILL BE REVIEWED TO ENSURE SPEEDY ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, PARTICULARLY ISSUES OF RAPE, KIDNAPPING, CORRUPTION AMONG OTHERS. HE EXPRESSED OPTIMISM THAT AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY DELEGATES FROM TWENTY-THREE STATE OF THE FEDERATION AND SIX OBSERVER STATES, BETTER WAYS OF HANDLING ALL SUCH ISSUES MILITATING AGAINST EFFICIENT JUSTICE DELIVERY WILL BE ADOPTED.

THE THREE DAYS CONFERENCE WAS ATTENDED BY CHIEF JUDGES OF SOME STATES, HONOURABLE ATTORNEY-GENERALS, THE POLICE, PRISONS, MINISTRY OF JUSTICE OFFICIALS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS.

By Andy Akeni/Victor Dase

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