Imo Law Report speaks volume about Uzodimma’s legacy projects, says Odili


Public attention has again been drawn to the quality of Governor Hope Uzodimma’s legacy projects in Imo State, with Justice Mary Peter Odili (retired), saying that the Governor has written his name in gold.

She said the quality of Uzodimma’s physical projects in Imo and the reforms he has initiated in the State’s judiciary will outlive him.

Justice Odili, Chairman, Body of Benchers spoke as Governor Uzodimma has reiterated his commitment to the total recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of both tangible and intangible things in Imo State.

Justice Odili, spoke on Friday at the Concorde Hotel, Owerri, in her capacity as the Guest of Honour/Unveiler of the Imo State Law Reports (2004- 2022).

Taking to the Podium to unveil and present the Law Reports, the first to be published in the history of Imo State, an excited Justice Odili told an equally joyous galaxy of legal luminaries that she was not only unveiling the reports but Uzodimma and his legacy projects.

“We are unveiling Chief Hope Uzodimma and his legacy projects in Imo State, both in infrastructure and the legal profession. He has done that which has been left unattended for more than 20 years.

“I don’t think our Governor knew what he was doing when he authorized that a committee be set up to embark on this law reports project. Therefore, we are not just unveiling the reports but unveiling Hope Uzodimma and encouraging him to do more,” she said.

While harping on the benefits of the Law Reports to the State and the judiciary, Justice Odili noted that judges, both serving and retired, as well as legal practitioners, will find them handy as they go about plying their trade.

She said the reports are veritable resource materials that children yet unborn in Imo State who desire to study law will be glad to behold just as the judges whose works were captured therein will be glad to reflect on their activities.

“It is also a way of documenting the hard work of the judges and generally, the lawyers of Imo State,” she said, noting that there will also be something to learn from reports whose cases were lost in the courts.

She encouraged all the legal practitioners and members of the public to get copies of the reports.

In his remarks, Governor Uzodimma said his desire to see the Imo State judiciary function in a contemporary world with all the necessary reforms informed his decision to direct that the Law Reports be put together by the ministry.

He expressed delight over the outcome describing it as a feat the judiciary ought to be happy about.

He reminded the audience that on assumption of office in 2020, his administration was determined to embark on programmes and projects that would add value to the society and enhance the quality of life of the citizenry.

Governor Uzodimma, however, challenged the ministry of justice of the State to go beyond their expectations of having Law Reports that are in hard copies and work towards migrating them to the soft copy, bearing in mind that the New World is digital.

He said doing so would also mean “value addition to the reports.”

The Governor thanked the dignitaries who graced the occasion, particularly Justice Odili, the Chairman of the occasion represented by Chief Mike Ahamba SAN, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau who was also represented by Mrs. Buma Alabi, SAN, among others.

Earlier in their goodwill remarks, the Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Theresa Chukwuemeka-Chikeka, the Chairman of the occasion, Justice Abdu Aboki (rtd) represented by Chief Ahamba, SAN, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, represented by Mrs. Alabi, SAN, expressed delight over the report which they all agreed, will enhance legal services and impact tremendously on Imo State’s judiciary.

In his address, the Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief COC Akaolisa specifically thanked Governor Uzodimma for all the support he has extended to the judiciary under his watch for reforms and pleaded with him not to relent for posterity sake.

Akaolisa was also full of gratitude to Justice Odili, all the legal eggheads from within and outside Imo State who graced the occasion, the traditional rulers, the academia, political class, among others for finding time to be part of the event.

Among the personalities who attended the event include, Deputy Governor of Imo State, Placid Njoku, the Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, the Chief of Staff, Nnamdi Anyaehie, Commissioners, immediate past Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Emeka Nduka, political appointees, former Imo State APC Chairman, Marcellinus Nlemigbo, Vice Chancellor of KO Mbadiwe University, Ikechukwu Dozie, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ben Uwajimogu College of Education, Ihitte Uboma, HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe.