Governor Emmnauel Uduaghan of Delta State has said the nation’s judiciary had a crucial role to play in ensuring that the country remained one indivisible entity during and after the 2015 general election in the face of the mounting political and security challenges.
Uduaghan, who stated this on Friday during a three-day development course for lawyers in the state ministry of justice, said a lot would be happening in the country from the pre- and post- election disputes that would be brought before the courts and tribunals for adjudication.
He urged lawyers to comply with the rules of legal practice as the judiciary was the last hope of the common man in the society and to bring stability to the political and security challenges in the country.
Uduaghan who was represented by Chief- of- Staff, Government House, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, said the need to bring justice nearer to the people prompted the state to initiate the multi-door court concept to stave-off the usual high cost of litigation that was inherent in the country’s criminal justice system .
Chief judge of Delta State and Commissioner of Justice , Charles Ajuyah (SAN) in his remarks said the legal profession in Nigeria had since 2007 recognised the need for each legal practitioner to be relevant to the society not just as social engineer but to be up-to -date in the delivery of quality services to their clients through development course.
He said that the over 250 legal officers in the ministry had continually been reminded that they should not see themselves as ‘underdogs’, because ‘they were bound by the same rules of professional conduct with private legal practitioners and they apply same law in and out of court as other legal practitioners in private practice , hence the need for continuing development programmes to provide quality services to the state.
Legal icons that presented papers during the programme were Fola Arthur Worrey, Chief T.J. Onomigbo (SAN) , Dr. Akpo Mudiaga Odje, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, Prof. Epiphany Azinge (SAN) , Pro. Mike Ikhariale and Prof. Paul Idornigie among others.