<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday disclosed that recovered looted funds would be invested in the provision of critical infrastructure for the people of the state.
He made the disclosure at the swearing-in-ceremony of Justices Cecilia Bakare and Michael Terungwa Ugar as judges of the Customary Court of Appeal.
The event took place at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.
“Our current challenges dictate that recovered funds would be invested in the provision of critical infrastructure for which we were elected,” Governor Ortom stated.
He called on the judiciary to provide a veritable platform on which those accused of corruption could either exonerate themselves or be found liable.
According to him, the appointment of the two justices to the exalted position was informed by the conviction that they would add value to the administration of justice in the state and pledged that a conducive atmosphere, within available resources, would be provided for all judges to perform their duties maximally.
The Governor reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to partner with the judiciary and the legislature for the enthronement of the core values of the his administration which he said included transparency, accountability, justice, discipline, integrity, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restitution.
“I wish to charge these two, and other judges, to administer justice according to the rule of law and due process, without affection or ill will,” he stated.
“This would enhance peace in the society and rekindle hope even among ordinary citizens.”
The Governor reiterated his administration’s zero tolerance for corruption in all its ramifications in all arms of government.
Responding, Justice Bakare expressed appreciation to the Governor for the provision made for their appointment inspite of the lean resources of the state stressing that the elevation placed greater responsibilities on their shoulders.
She pledged that they would work assiduously to maintain the standard for which the Benue judiciary was known.