…As Wike Approves N500m Take-off Grant For Institute
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has inaugurated the Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute (JMOJI) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, which was constructed by the Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike-led administration.
Ariwoola also inaugurated the Federal Judicial Service Commission, South-South liaison office in Port Harcourt, which was also constructed by the Wike-led administration.
Performing the inauguration, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, stated that the Rivers State governor is one lawyer in position of authority, who has remained relentless in speaking up for the growth, progress and prosperity of the Nigerian Judiciary.
He said: “You have thus far given a good account of yourself as distinguished life bencher. To say we are proud of your Excellency is an understatement. You remain a shining light in the legal profession and we shall always remember you for your unflinching support in the erection of enduring judicial structure in the country.
“At this level of our national development, we should begin to emulate good things that will usher in a new dawn of progressive growth. This is, no doubt, a bold step worthy of commendation and emulation.
“You are one of the few governors who have pledged to give judges owner occupier residences so that when they eventually retire, they will get a life time accommodation.
“Today, that pledge has not only be fulfilled but has formed part of our history. Your efforts will tremendously improve the service delivery and comfort of our judicial officers.”
Speaking at the event, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said he has approved the release of N500 million as take off grant for the Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute (JMOJI).
Wike, who stated that availability of money is important for the institute to start off its operations immediately after the inauguration, said: “I have made my budget presentation and it was not included.
“I have told the Commissioner of Finance, “Now that the budget has not be approved, make sure it is included in the 2023 budget.
“But to start off for now until next year budget will be released, we are making a grant to them of N500 million so that the institute can start immediately and so that we can have the full benefit ”
He observed that the National Judicial Institute (NJI), which is saddled with the responsibility of training judges and magistrates yearly, has the challenge of carrying capacity.