Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Bauchi State Governor has sworn in new Grand Khadi, four High Court Judges, Bauchi State Solicitor General and 16 Special Advisers.
The swearing-in is a move to expand and replace the vacuum in the judiciary created by the retirement of judges and dead as well as to expand the purview of the cabinet of the Bauchi State Government.
The Governor while performing the swearing-In Ceremony at the New Banquet Hall, Government House Bauchi on Monday said that the decision of his administration to officiate the new judicial officers and the advisers is to ensure continuity and timely dispensation of justice and proper flow of government transactions in the state.
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“As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied. The replacement and the increase in the number of judicial officers in the state judiciary system will therefore ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
“As a democrat, I believe in the rule of law which among other things, is to ensure equality before the law, irrespective of socio-economic status of anyone.
“The task before the newly sworn in judicial officers is enormous, but indeed surmountable, they should discharge their duties with the fear of Allah, putting into consideration their integrity and reputation,” he said.
Governor Bala Abdulkadir called on the sworn-in Special Advisers to deploy their wealth of experience to carefully advise the government on how to come up with more impactful policies and programmes that will add value to the lives of the citizens of the state.
He said that Federal Character was fully considered in the process of appointing the Special Advisers which allows for equal representation of all the socio-cultural diversities in the state.
The Governor, however, reminded the newly appointed Special Advisers that their prerogative is to advise the government in the areas they were assigned to, hence they should not allow their personal interest to override their official responsibilities, but serve the interest of the people of the state.
“As advisers, you do not have executive powers. Your role is to advise the government in the areas that you have been assigned to do so.
“Remember that all of us in government have the common goal of serving the good people of Bauchi State. For us, the common man is our common boss,” Governor Bala declared.
The Governor advised the Special Advisers to be close to the people and respond to demands from them within the limit of the scarce resource that is available to them.
Khadi Umar Ahmed Limam, the new Grand Khadi who spoke on behalf of the appointees, promised to justify the confidence reposed on them by ensuring that they carry out their duties in the fear of God and dispense justice with all fairness and equity.
He commended the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed for the support it has given to members of the judiciary in the state through various appointments such as the recent additional appointment of four new Khadis for the Sharia courts and a high court judge in the state.
The oath of office and allegiance was administered by the State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar.