My administration committed to high standard in customary law process, says Okowa

My administration committed to high standard in customary law process, says Okowa

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has promised that his administration will ensure high standards in Delta state's customary process

- The governor gave the assurance on Monday, November 23 in the state capital, Asaba

- The governor also assured that his government would continue to promote the growth and development of native laws and customs in the state

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Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, November 23 reaffirmed his administration's determination to strengthen the processes and structures that would enhance standards in customary law processes in the state.

Okowa gave the assurance while swearing-in Justice Patience Elumeze as acting president of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state in Asaba.

He said that his administration would also continue to promote the growth and development of native laws and customs in the state, adding that the government would leave no stone unturned to improve the welfare and working conditions of the bench and staff in the system.

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My administration committed to high standard in customary law process, says Okowa

Justice Patience Elumeze being sworn-in as acting president of the Customary Court of Appeal, Asaba. Photo credit: @IAOkowa
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The governor disclosed that district and area customary courts were well-positioned to deal with matters involving land disputes, marriage, succession, inheritance, guardianship, and custody of children in rural communities, pointing out that their role in the justice system was strategic.

The governor, who congratulated Justice Elumeze on her appointment, said that her selection was well-deserved as it was on merit.

In her speech, Justice Elumeze said that she was tremendously humbled by her appointment, and thanked the governor for finding her worthy of the appointment.

Recall that Governor Okowa recently stated that women empowerment needs to be tackled with concerted action to bridge the widening inequality gap in Nigeria and Africa.

The governor made the comment while inaugurating Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP) in Asaba, the Delta state on Monday, November 16.

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According to the governor, both experts and policymakers agree that empowering women, especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria.

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