By: Augustine Agwulonu
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald Irona has assured that the administration of Governor Emeka Ihedioha is committed to the promotion, respect and sustenance of the rule of law in the state.
Engineer Irona gave this assurance while receiving a delegation of the Public Interest and Development Law, an arm of the Nigerian Bar Association-NBA, in his office, in Owerri, recently. According to the Deputy Governor, the present administration is building stronger institutions in the state; and all hands are on deck to ensure the success of the administration in this respect.
Engineer Irona declared: “This administration is committed to the rule of law. To have good governance, rule of law must be our guide. We are taking steps towards building stronger institutions, than strong individuals. We intend to leave an enduring legacy of rule of law and good governance. We shall, in all our dealings, give respect to the other arms of government. We shall leave a lasting and sustainable foundation predicated on the rule of law.”
The Deputy Governor continued: “We had instances where governments in the past disobeyed court pronouncements. We assure you that we shall obey all court pronouncements. Any one we feel strongly against, we shall challenge it in higher courts. We have zero tolerance for impunity.”

Earlier in his address,  the leader of the delegation and Chairman of Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) of the NBA, Dr. Paul Ananaba, SAN, commended the administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha for keeping faith with the rule of law. He expressed the willingness of SPIDEL to partner the state government in ensuring that the rule of law is mainstreamed in governance in the state.
The SPIDEL Chairman continued: “It will interest you to note that since the inception of the section, no conference has been held, east of the Niger. Lawyers here in Imo State speak well about you. They have continued to commend you for your commitment to rule of law and obedience to judicial pronouncements. We have seen some level of stability and sanity in the state since your assumption of office. We no longer get reports of the kind of things that happened during the last administration. We have resolved to honour you for your sterling qualities in the area of Public Interest Development. With what you have done in the last few months, we are proud to identify with you.”

On the NBA-SPIDEL delegation were Chairman, Dr. Paul Ananaba, SAN and Legal Adviser to Abia State Governor, Sir Emeka Eze among others. SPIDEL is one of the three sections of the Nigerian Bar Association. This section attends to all issues relating to Public Interest and Development Law.

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