- Performs ground-breaking for Judges Quarters in Rivers
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday disclosed that arrangements were in the pipeline to build quarters for Federal judicial officers in various locations nationwide.
Justice Onnoghen made the disclosure in Port Harcourt while performing the ground breaking ceremony for similar project embarked upon by Rivers State Government.
He lauded Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for his move to build a Judges’ quarters in the state, saying that other state governments should emulate him.
His words: “I am very happy to be here because the judiciary which is my primary constituency, is being recognised and given its due by a government that feels concerned about the plight of judicial officers.
“I feel happy that this is a positive change which is very much desired by all. I am here today because I believe in the project and because I share in the dream. Also, because I equally have the support of the Federal Government to pursue similar projects for the federal judiciary,” he said.
Governor Wike, on his part, said that the move was to fulfil his promise to encourage a virile judiciary and to improve working conditions of judicial workers.
He said that federal judicial workers from the state would also be provided with vehicles, adding that the judiciary should always strive to remain independent.
He said: “Today, we have started the process of delivering on the first phase of our promise to provide decent residences for judicial officers with the construction of 20 purpose-built 5-bedroom duplexes with service quarters and recreational facilities in this exclusive estate.
“The need for this project is self-evident. Providing houses for judges in a safe, secure and serene environment gives them the privacy and comfort that they need to effectively discharge their functions.
“In the allocation of official residence for life in Port Harcourt, all the judicial officers of Rivers State origin serving with the federal judiciary will also be provided with cars just as we have done with the state’s judicial officers and magistrates.”