- The 17th Court of Appeal division in Nigeria has been inaugurated in Asaba, the Delta state capital
- Nigeria's top lawyers, judges and Senior Advocates were present to witness the ground-breaking event
- The court building is one of the legacies of the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa
The president, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Monday, February 3 in Asaba, the Delta state capital, inaugurated the 17th Court of Appeal division in Nigeria.
Speaking at the ceremony, Bulkachuwa said establishing the court in Asaba was in line with efforts of the judiciary in ensuring access to justice and quick dispensation of cases as well as the efficient administration of justice.
She said that the court increased the number of its divisions in order to reduce difficulties associated with long-distance travels to courts, cost of transportation and delays, adding that each of the divisions was always busy.
According to her, the Benin division of the court was one of the divisions that covered Delta but was always busy, hence the need for another division in the area.
The court president also commended the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa Okowa for the establishment of the Court of Appeal in Asaba.’
On his part, Governor Okowa said that the inauguration of the court complex was “a thing of great joy and satisfaction of resounding hope and fulfilment for the legal profession and all Deltans.’’
“It is my expectation that this temple of justice will stand as a beacon of hope for all - the rich and poor, the mighty and the lowly, the powerful and the weak - who seek refuge and protection under the rule of law,’’ the governor said.
Renowned lawyer, Olumide Akpata tweeted about the event, describing it as “a very welcome development as it helps to bring justice closer to the people.’’
“Many thanks to His Excellency Governor Okowa and his team for helping to make this happen,’’ he wrote.
Dele Adesina, SAN, a past national general secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association was also at the event
According to him, the Nigerian Courts of Appeal are the intermediate appellate courts of the Nigerian federal court system.
Meanwhile, the Delta government on Tuesday, January 21 approved 11 new roads in the state for construction.
The state's commissioner for works, Chief James Auguye, made this known while briefing newsmen at the end of the Executive Council meeting in the capital, Asaba.
He disclosed that the approved roads needed urgent attention as the state government was desirous of utilizing the dry season to construct a lot of roads.
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