By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI — Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has expressed concern over the near-comatose position of the state’s Judicial Service Commission, JSC.
The governor expressed his frustration at the swearing-in of four newly appointed non-statutory members of the commission, JSC, in Owerri, yesterday.
Speaking shortly after their oath of office, Okorocha urged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in transforming and strengthening the commission which, according to him, had been comatose in the past two and a half years.
“I urge you all to bring your wealth of experience to bear in transforming and strengthening the state JSC, which has been largely comatose in the last two and half years,” Okorocha said.
He particularly charged the appointees to quickly look into the status of the President, Customary Court of Appeal, with a view to confirming and strengthening his position.
Okorocha said: “It is true that we have lost about two and a half years because of the challenges we had in setting up this body, but finally, we have got it right.”
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Chief Livy Uzoukwu commended the government for finding them worthy to serve the state and promised effective service delivery.
“Going by what has happened in recent years, wherein the JSC was virtually in coma and by so doing, a lot of statutory responsibilities expected to be done by the JSC were not done,” Uzoukwu said.
The new appointees include Chief Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Chief Jude Nnodum, SAN, Chief Jude Agbugba and Chief Sebastine Ibezim, SAN.