Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, sworn-in the newly appointed Ebonyi State Judiciary High Court Judge, Magistrate Gladson Nwigwe Ugbala.
Engr. Umahi swore in the new high court Judge and members of Ebonyi State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) at the EXCO Chambers in Government House Abakaliki.
Governor Umahi charged the new High Court Judge to be guided by good conscience and the spirit of God in the dispensation of justice.
Governor Umahi also swore-in Mr. Nduka Nweze and Mr. Fidelis Iteshi following their appointment into the Judicial Service Commission to fill the existing vacancies created by the exit of the former members who retired from service.
He tasked the two new members to deploy the fear of God in the discharge of their duty joining forces with the other five members to sustain the peace and growth of the Judiciary in Ebonyi State.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Cletus Ofoke explained that the appointment of Magistrate Ugbala as a Judge followed the approval by the National Judicial Council after successful examinations and he also stated that with the elevation of two other persons, Ebonyi Judiciary has been better positioned in justice delivery.
Speaking on behalf of his colleague, Mr. Nduka Nweze pledged to approach their assignment with zeal and commitment required to achieve the best result and commended Governor Umahi and the State Chief Judge, Justice Aloy Nwankwo for considering them worthy to serve.
Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Government has set up a joint committee on the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage Act of 2019.
Governor David Nweze Umahi inaugurated the committee which is headed by the Commissioner for Budget Professor Ogbonnaya Chukwu at the government House Abakaliki.
The Governor charged the committee to make recommendations on the modalities to implement the wage increase in Ebonyi State with special consideration on how to improve the economy of the state to enable government effectively implement the new minimum wage and as well carry out other obligations.
He reminded the committee that the new National minimum wage Act was not wage review and noted that the recommendations of the committee should be reasonable enough such that the salaries of junior workers would not be higher than those of their senior counterparts.
The governor expressed commitment to implement the new minimum wage in the state stressing that Ebonyi was the first state to set up a joint implementation committee.
The 20 man committee has 10 representatives each from the organized labour and government officials including the Head of service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele who is the secretary.
The chairman of the committee Professor Ogbonnaya Chukwu pledged the committee’s sincere commitment to carrying out its assignment expeditiously to the benefit of the government of Ebonyi State and her people especially the workers.