Retired Judge Wants Pension Board For Judges


A retired Judge in the
Rivers State judiciary and the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), Justice Chukwunenye Ichegbo Uriri,  has called for   the establishment of a distinct  pension scheme for the judiciary across the state.
Justice Uriri made this call during a valedictory  court session organisd in his  honour by the state judiciary at the weekend in Port Harcourt to mark his retirement from the state judiciary.
The retired judge said the call became imperative following the hurdles  retired judges faced to get their pay after their retirement  and added that the board if established  would not only end the trauma meted out to the retired   judicial staff  but would fast track  the payment of their entitlements.
He called on those entrusted with law making across the States to sponsor a bill in that direction and added that it would be better off to embrace judicial support staff than working with other people.
The retired Judge  urged the leadership of the state judiciary to beef up security in all the courts across the state in order to secure lives and property.
He recalled that in recent times the courts in the state had become targets of transferred aggression and added that for the first time in the history of the state, bombs were hauled  at the High Court Divisions in  Degema, Isiokpo and Okehi, to forestall court proceedings.
“At the State Independent Electoral Commission, where I am the head, we have a pool of combat-ready mobile police officers  resident in the premises to ward off attacks,  it is one of the legacies bequeathed to the commission by its predecessors in office. They are quartered in the premises and are there right now as I address you. They patrol the premises and are there 24 hours. I recommend the same measure for the High Court  of Justice. The practice should be extended to various judicial  divisions” he stated.