January 18, 2023

Delta business mogul, Wayles splashes multi-million naira at Bayelsa book launch

Delta business mogul, Wayles splashes multi-million naira at Bayelsa book launch

By Chancel Sunday

Delta State-born business mogul, High Chief Emonena Victor Wayles Egukawhore JP, splashed multi-million naira at the launching of three books, yesterday, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, as part of the occasion marking the retirement ceremony of the Bayelsa State Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, which culminated week-long activities.

Chief Egukawhore, Chief launcher of the books and who is often referred to as the Marine Oxygen, lauded the authors for their initiatives and expressed the confidence that the books would enrich knowledge and enhance understanding of their projects.

He expressed appreciation for the honour given him to launch the books as he acknowledged the obvious efforts that went into bringing the books to fruition, stressing that he wished them well in their future endeavours.

However, he went further to donate the sums of $100, 000 and N20 million naira for the books. In the same vein, both the Rivers and Bayelsa State Governments made very significant donations along with a plethora of donors.

The three books unveiled included Kate Abiri: Footprints on the Bench, Judges and Judging in Nigeria and Bayelsa State Law Reports: Volume One.

The Bayelsa State governor, Sen. Douye Diri, who is the Chief host, hailed Justice Abiri for her outstanding achievements, noting that she swore in three governors during her 15-year term as Chief Judge of the state and one governor in Rivers State. They included Chief Timipre Sylva (2008), Sen. Seriake Dickson (2012), Sen. Douye Diri (2020) and Nyesom Wike (2015).

He described Justice Abiri as a legal icon who rendered unblemished and meritorious services in three decades of legal practice, stressing “Bayelsa State will still require her services due to her commitment and wealth of experience”.

The chairman, the Body of Benchers, Chief Wole Olanikpekun (SAN), who is chairman of the occasion, described Justice Abiri as an elegant, brilliant and hardworking jurist, who he said represented the best in the legal profession. He also lauded Sen. Diri’s administration for supporting the judiciary.

In her response, Justice Abiri expressed appreciation to the Bayelsa governor for his support and encouragement to the judiciary owing to the financial autonomy given the third arm of government in the state.

She said: “the state judiciary now executes quality projects without external supervision or stifling of funds”.

Dignitaries at the colourful event included the Bayelsa state deputy governor, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, wife of former president, Dame Patience Jonathan, Justice Chima Centus Nweze, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, HRM (Justice) Francis Tabai, JSC (rtd), legal icons/luminaries and a host of others