The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday presented vehicle gifts to Judges in Imo State and stressed the need for the judicial arm of government to join forces with the other arms, the Executive and Legislature, to move the State forward.
The Governor, who stated this during a courtesy visit by Judges, said that the dividends of democracy can only be delivered to people when all the arms of government close ranks and work as a team.
While expressing his zeal to work with the Judges, Uzodimma presented vehicle gifts of 20 brand new Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to the serving Judges as a way of motivating them to work.
He noted that Imo State Judges have not been treated well by past administrations and pledged to change the narrative.
The Governor, who did not only stop at presenting vehicles to the Judges, also offered to take care of the outstanding entitlements of the retired Judges and ensure that other retiring ones get their entitlements a month or two after retirement, a record which has not happened in the history of Imo State.
Uzodimma spoke about job security and dignity for the serving Judges, adding that a good operational environment for them would be paramount in his administration.
He harped on the need for love to prevail among the judicial officers, hatred and acrimony must be avoided. He stated that love plays important role and contributes to strengthening the economy and fostering synergy among workers.
The Governor stated that he is committed to introducing modern techniques to quicken justice dispensation and urged the Judges to key into the administration and do their work without fear or favour.
Speaking earlier on the reason for the visit, the Acting Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Ijeoma Agugua said they came to parley with the Executive represented by the Governor on how best to ensure harmonious working relationship between the three arms government.
She commended the Governor for making the Judiciary come alive again in the discharge of their duties as people entrusted with dispensing justice for the common man, promising not to be found wanting.
In a vote of thanks, the Acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal of Imo State, Justice Matthew Njoku eulogized the Governor for his magnanimity to the judiciary in such a short period.
He thanked Uzodimma for “wiping away their tears and removing the shame they have faced in the past before their brother Judges from other States.” He prayed for God’s guidance and protection for the Governor in his day to day activities in the pilot of Imo State.