Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Port Harcourt Branch, Rivers State, Barrister Lawrence Oko-jaja has lauded the president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Justice Babatunde Adenuro Adejumo for approving the establishment of a division of the court in the state.
The NBA Chairman stated that the establishment of court in the state would go along in addressing the industrial disputes within the state and its neigbourhood adding that the court has long been overdue in the state.
According to him, most litigants from the state travel out of the state for prosecution of their cases and some others have to abandoned theirs because of huge cost, incurred in the prosecution.
He assured the industrial court President of the total support of members of the association to him in other to ensure the success of the new court in the state.
He thanked the state government for the support given to the judiciary especially in the areas of infrastructural development as well as the state Chief Judge, Justice Iche Ndu and the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice for their leadership and assistance to the Bar in the state.
Earlier in his speech, the president of National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice Babatunde Adenuro Adejumo thanked members of the state Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for the reception accorded him and his entourage to the state.
Justice Adejumo explained that the visit was in response to the earlier visit made by the NBA chairman and his executive to him at Abuja requesting for the establishment of a division of the court in the state.
The president of the industrial court while describing the state as a high industralised state urged people of the state especially workers and employers of labour to take advantage of the court now in the state to settle their various labour related cases adding that the court will serve both the state and Bayelsa states.