Rivers State Deputy Gov., Dr. Banigo
By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Deputy Governor of Rivers State Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo has described the appointment of Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra as the acting Chief Judge of Rivers State as a progressive development in the Judiciary System.
Dr. Banigo, in a statement by her Press Secretary, Paul Damgbor, said the appointment of Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra, another female, by the State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike has further restored stability and sanctity in the State Judicial System in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
The Deputy Governor noted that the Governor’s action has demonstrated obedience to rule of law, Justice, equity and fairness as well as compliance to laid down principles of engagement.
The Deputy Governor opined that the peaceful transition has again positioned Rivers State as a reference point in Judicial issues, pointing out that the State Government has lived up to its promise of reviving and respecting the independence of the Judiciary and the legislative Arms of Government as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution under the principle of separation of powers.
Dr. Banigo congratulated the New Acting Chief Judge on her appointment, urging her to ensure that the peace and stability existing in the State Judiciary are not only maintained but improved upon to justify the confidence reposed in women by Governor Wike to hold positions of trust.
She noted with happiness that the New Acting Chief Judge would bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her duties by sustaining the confidence and stability of the Judiciary Arm of Government.
It would be recalled that Justice Daisy Okocha retired on Thursday January 14, 2014, as Chief Judge of Rivers State after her statutory years in service.