By Nnamdi Ojiego
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has restated the need to introduce Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, in the judicial system.
The governor, who stated this while speaking at the just concluded South- East conference of Magistrates Association of Nigeria, MAN, held at Disney Hotel, Owerri, Imo State, said magistrates could succeed in promoting ADR by collaborating with traditional rulers.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to uplift the welfare of magistrates and other judicial workers, adding that a special package will soon be introduced for retired magistrates and judges in the state.
Okorocha also announced the donation of a brand new bus to Imo State chapter of the association and promised to allocate land for their personal houses.
Speaking also, the Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Benjamin Njemanze, recommended separate salary structure for magistrates and other judicial officers.
He also pleaded with the government to computerise the judicial system in Nigeria as well as give comprehensive insurance cover to magistrates and judicial officers, due to the sensitive nature of their job.
Earlier in her address, the national vice-chairman of the association, South-East, Nkeiruka Franklin-Iguh, commended Governor Okorocha for his commitment to the cause of the judiciary.
Highlight of the event was the conferment of Friend of Magistrates Award to Governor Okorocha for his outstanding commitment towards promoting the welfare of magistrates in Imo State.