Okowa seeks financial autonomy for judiciary, legislature
Tasks wealthy Nigerians on development of alma mater
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday sought financial autonomy for the judicial and legislature, saying it was necessary to enhance service delivery.He said there was the need for greater partnership among the three arms of government to ensure good governance and provide desired autonomy for all arms.
A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifejika, revealed that the governor stated this during a thanksgiving service at Emmanuel The Saviour Catholic Church, Asaba, to usher in the 2019/2020 Legal Year. He commended the judiciary for believing in God and seeking His wisdom, noting that the judiciary was very important in any clime.
He stressed that with the challenging situation Nigeria found itself, “everybody now looks up to the judiciary to continuously ensure that righteousness and wisdom continue to guide us to ensure peace and justice in the state and entire country.”
In his sermon, Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Reverend Michael Elue, said, “Just, honest and accountable governance is the hallmark of democracy. The actions of government must be scrutinised by the courts at the instance of the people. A judge is like a surgeon in the theatre, mistakes could be fatal.”
Relatedly, Okowa charged wealthy Nigerians to invest in the development of infrastructure in their former schools.Governor Okowa, an old boy of Edo College, Benin City, gave the charge at the annual dinner and awards night of the Old Boys Association in Asaba, stressing that huge funds were required for the education of children that government alone could not bear the burden.
He said people partner with government through their old students’ associations to ensure that good learning and teaching environments were provided in the schools.
Okowa, who was represented by Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, said: “The good educational foundation that brought me to the level I am today was laid at Edo College and I have always committed my resources to its development.”
National President of the association, Dr. Reuben Osahor and President of Asaba Branch, Carl Moeteke commended Governor Okowa for his continued support for the association and development of Edo College.
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