The Rivers State Executive Council has approved that a bill for the enactment of a law which would enable judicial officers to own their own houses after retirement be sent to the state House of Assembly.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, after the SEC meeting presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday.
The commissioner explained that the action of the council is in line with the state governor’s policy to ensure that judicial officers who serve the state meritoriously are housed after retirement.
In his words “And to entrench this as its policy, a bill has been passed to Rivers State House of Assembly for the enactment of a law. So that, at the end of this administration, subsequent administrations that will come will ensure that this policy is not toiled with.”
The commissioner also disclosed that Rivers state has been selected as the South -South Zonal Headquarters of the Federal Judicial Service Commission, and added that the state would establish a judicial institute to train magistrates and judges to complement the activities of the National Judicial Council.
He said “The establishment of the institute is a way of helping to ensure that judges and magistrates who are in the state here have regular training as a way of updating them on their skills to complement what the National Judicial Service Commission does for them.”