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The Governor was speaking today at the 2021 law week of the Nigeria Bar Association Yola Branch and memorial lectures of late Justice Buba Ardo which could not hold in 2021 due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic.

The 2021 theme: "Legal practice in COVID era; Lessons learnt", the law week accorded an opportunity for stakeholders in the justice sector to reflect, share knowledge and come up with new ideas in a bid to improve service delivery.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri represented by his Deputy Chief Crowther Seth declared the law week open, reiterating his commitement to partner with judiciary by ensuring the judicial arm of government operates independently and the rule of law is withheld.

The people's Governor noted that the theme is timely, in view of the negatives impact of COVID-19 pandemic, expressing confidence that we shall overcome the scourge.

He said the fresh air government will continue to uphold and promote the rule of law that will strengthen the judiciary, thereby ensuring access to justice for all in the state, hence the declaration of the state of emergency in the state on the rights and protection of women, children and people living with disability.

Governor Fintiri also expressed determination to making reforms for efficiency, probilty, transparency and accountability in the civil service, maintaining that new policies that will strengthen good governance and service delivery remains his priority.

The governor however, commended the state  Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa for the reforms he is making in the judiciary and by extension the state at large.

The Chairman Nigeria Bar Association Yola Branch, Jibril Jimeta earlier in a welcome address said the day is an avenue to encourage, remind themselves of their duty, reflect on the existing relationship and correct any identified abnormalities geared towards repositioning themselves for effective service delivery as co-workers in the justice sector.

He heaped encormiums on Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the Chief Judge for their continues support to the Bar, noting that as professionals, the gathering reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on the profession share experiences, learnt some lessons and chat a way forward.

According to him, it also enable them discuss on ways to reposition the courts and justice delivery in a way that meets up the stage for technology in the present world.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Barrister Afraimu Jingi and the Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, dwell on the importance of the theme, urging Members of the Association as well as the entire judicial system to rise up to the occasion and embrace the trend of the changing times.

They said the pandemic has brought improvement in the profession through the use of technology, especially now that conferences and other court proceedings among others have been holding online, adding that the need to build ICT compliance legal industry is Paramount.

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