By Oyibo Salihu
Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has charged the newly appointed judicial officers to maintain professional competence and keep standard behaviour in order to protect the system.
Ajanah, who gave the charge in Lokoja yesterday during the opening ceremonies of a two-day induction training for newly appointed Magistrates and Area Court judges, said there was the need to build the confidence of the public in the capacity of the judiciary to deliver on its mandate.
While urging them to ensure that their conduct enhanced integrity of the judiciary, he asked them to eschew behaviours that cast doubt on the impartiality and dignity of the institution.
He said: “The most important element in our value system is to continue to uphold transparency and accountability. We have strived and will continue to make sure that every inhibiting factors and challenges to the virility of your courts would be removed with the dispatch it deserves.
“Environmental and human capacity development has been our policy direction and we have vowed to maintain a tempo that will eventually take us to our desired position.”
Ajanah said the induction course was another remarkable stride in the march towards bringing justice closer to the people, stressing that the lower court is also very important.
In his opening remarks, Chief Registrar of the state High Court, Alhaji Yahaya Ademu, said the 13 judicial officers, including five Magistrates and eight Area Court judges were inaugurated in the month of August.
He said the judges had undergone two months court attachment before the induction course to expose them to the practical aspects of their judicial functions and challenges ahead of them.