By: Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi has called on the State Judiciary to sustain its role of consolidating the rule of law without compromising its independence.
Abubakar, while swearing-in the first female chief judge of the state, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar on Thursday, assured the cooperation of the Executive arm with the Judiciary in ensuring transparency and accountability which, he noted, are the hallmark of good governance.
He recalled that the state new chief Judge has long records of uprightness, impartiality and incorruptible adjudication while distinguishing herself as a seasoned legal officer by way of handling her official assignments.
Abubakarexpressed confidence that Justice Rabi Umar will bring about all her qualities into play in discharging the duties of the State Chief Judge, stressing that a lot is expected from her, especially at this critical period of the nation’s history.
“You are therefore expected to initiate a number of reforms aimed at improving our legal system to be in tune with the change mantra disposition of the present administration”, the Governor said.
Abubakar appealed to members of the bench to accord her all the necessary cooperation to discharge her duties.
Hereminded them of their status as impartial arbiters who must be seen to be dispensing justice without fear or favour.
The Governor also urged members of the bench to live above board and reminded them that they will be required to give good account of themselves to not only the people but also to God Almighty who will surely judge them in the hereafter.
Abubakar called on the Judiciary to continue with its role of sustaining and consolidating the rule of law without compromising its independence, and assured that the Executive arm will cooperate with the Judiciary in ensuring transparency and accountability which, he observed, are the hallmark of good governance”.
He assured of his administration’s resolve to work harmoniously with both the Legislature and the Judiciary for the overall benefit of the state and the nation at large.