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Jonathan inaugurates Delta High Court Complex, as Oborevwori presents 20 Prado SUVs to Judges


Nigeria’s former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, inaugurated Delta State High Court Complex in Asaba and flagged off the presentation of 20 Toyota Prado Sport Utility Vehicles, SUVs, to Judges in the state at which event he openly lauded the state government for credible performance.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Jonathan commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his primary focus on the infrastructural development of Delta State and his commitment to continuing with projects inherited from previous administrations in the state.

He said: “There are some projects that are very fundamental to the growth and development of the state and we expect anybody who takes over government to continue with them and you are doing exactly that.

“I believe that if you go across the country today, this is one of the best judiciary headquarters in the country and I congratulate the Governor and the judiciary of Delta State for this exemplary project.”

Former President of Nigeria, Dr  Goodluck Jonathan (3rd left) and Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori (2nd left) during a guided tour of the new High Court building in Asaba shortly after it was inaugurated on Tuesday.  With them  are the Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Asaba,  Hon. Justice Bolaji Yusuf (left) and the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Godknows Angele (4th left).

Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (3rd left) and Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori (2nd left) during a guided tour of the new High Court building in Asaba shortly after it was inaugurated on Tuesday. With them are the Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Asaba, Hon. Justice Bolaji Yusuf (left) and the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Godknows Angele (4th left).

Jonathan also lauded Governor Oborevwori for his prudence in returning unutilised funds of over N500 million to the State treasury when he was Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

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He said; “It is not easy for a public officer or even a civil servant to refund money to the government in most cases; it is extremely difficult, but as a Speaker, you were able to do that and that shows that you are somebody of high level of integrity and you can be trusted.

“Please, continue to manage the resources of the state in that manner and use the money in a way that it will affect the people positively.”

The former President urged the people of Delta State to keep supporting the Governor for the overall development of the state, saying; “there are some people who believe that they must bring a government down for the purpose of politics, but when you are struggling to bring a governor or president down for the purpose of politics, you are bringing the state or country down.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (middle), assisted by Delta Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori (2ndleft left) as he cuts tape to inuagurate the newly built State High Court Complex in Asaba on Tuesday. With them are the representative of the CJN, Hon Justice Bolaji Yusuf (3rd right), Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor ( left), the State Chief Judge, Justice Tessy Diai (2nd right), Senator Ned Nwoko (right).

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (middle), assisted by Delta Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori (2ndleft left) as he cuts tape to inaugurate the newly built State High Court Complex in Asaba on Tuesday. With them are the representative of the CJN, Hon Justice Bolaji Yusuf (3rd right), Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor ( left), the State Chief Judge, Justice Tessy Diai (2nd right), Senator Ned Nwoko (right).

“This is because the Governor or the President is sitting with public resources and everybody must encourage him to succeed and that’s the only way we, as a nation, can grow”.

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Earlier, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori said the completion of the High Court building was in line with his commitment to the completion of projects inherited from previous administrations.

Oborevwori said he was motivated to complete the project because the judiciary was the only arm of government without a befitting building for their operations.

He said the presentation of 20 Toyota Prado SUVs to judges in the state was a fulfillment of “a promise made and a promise kept”.

While thanking the former President for coming to inaugurate the project, he said the erstwhile President remained a great Nigerian patriot, statesman and unique leader, in and out of office.

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“On behalf of the government and good people of Delta State, I thank you for your friendship, partnership, and sustained interest in the progress of our dear state and Nigeria in general.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (right), and the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, during the inauguration of the newly built State High Court Complex in Asaba on Tuesday.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (right), and the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, during the inauguration of the newly built State High Court Complex in Asaba on Tuesday.

“Of the three arms of government, only the judiciary was lacking a befitting office building. This motivated me to hasten the completion of this project. I am glad that today the narrative has changed for good. The implication, going forward, is that the cause of justice will now be better served for the greater good of all.

“As a government, we have taken steps to further ensure that our judges and associated staff not only operate in a conducive and enabling environment, but are also provided with the necessary tools that complement the functionality and prestige of their offices”.

The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Godknows Angele, at the occasion, said the building consisted of five floors, six court rooms, six conference halls, six witness waiting rooms, six holding cells, six Secretarial offices, two general conference halls, a ceremonial hall, Multi-purpose Hall, lawyers’ lounge, judges’ lounge, VIP lounge and a library, among others.

 Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (left), and Governor Sheriff Oborevwori acknowledging cheers from the crowd as they arrived the newly built State High Court Complex for inauguration as part of activities marking the Governor's one year anniversary in Asaba on Tuesday.

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (left), and Governor Sheriff Oborevwori acknowledging cheers from the crowd as they arrived the newly built State High Court Complex for inauguration as part of activities marking the Governor’s one year anniversary in Asaba on Tuesday.

In his remarks, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, represented by the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal, Asaba Division, Hon. Justice Bolaji Yusuf, commended the state government for providing the magnificent edifice as a temple of justice in the state.

He expressed optimism that other states would emulate the Delta State example by providing similar magnificent temples of justice for the administration of justice in other parts of the country.

Also, in her remarks, Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Theresa Diai, thanked Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and his predecessors for the completion of the modern edifice, describing it as a magnificent testament and enduring commitment to the pursuit of justice and excellence in the judiciary.

The Chief Judge said the new High Court Complex had internet access and other critical Information Technology (IT) facilities in the building to enhance e-filing of court processes and e-payments for services rendered by the High Court of Justice.


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