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A'Ibom Judiciary Retires 94 Staff, Charges Them To Be Good Ambassadors

A total of 94 staff have been retired from the Akwa Ibom Judiciary in year 2018. Available records which show the breakthrough of it indicated that one director, five deputy, and assistant directors were among the retirees, while one person, Uko Macauley Akpabio is dead. In a ceremony to send-off the retirees, at the Multipurpose Hall, Judiciary Headquarters, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo recently, the Akwa Ibom Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham who charged the retirees to see themselves as ambassadors of the judiciary "to braced up with the virtues of integrity, hard work and perseverance which they have inculcated during their time in the judiciary which stands them in good stead to scale every hurdle of life and carve a niche for them wherever they might find themselves”. Justice Abraham which hinted that life is in phases, therefore, congratulated them for the successful transition from one phase to even a higher phase; that of the senior citizens. Each phase of life has its peculiar challenges and hurdles; admonishing that, they are bound to face even greater hurdles now that they are retired. He explained that after 35 years of work in the judiciary, they could be addressed as "Ambassadors”. As ambassadors; they must therefore deprecate strife and promote concord wherever life leads, so as to continually project the judiciary in good light. The judiciary boss noted that, life may lead to some other paid employment as a lot of them are obviously still full of vim, while tinker with what next to do with life, a suggestion for more time with the creator may not be out of place as true peace can only come from a deep relationship with their creator, God Almighty. Their retirement from service is the judiciary loss; though it must be the families gain. The long absence from home which has caused by the demands of work would have occasioned some chasm in their families, noting that judiciary has "donated” them back to their respective homes, that they spend more time with their families and generally make up for lost time. He thanked them immensely for their enormous contributions and prays that life rewards them accordingly by provision of life itself and every good thing that life in its benevolence would offer, noting that "the sheer depth and importance of the present crop of retirees in quality and quantity can therefore not be gainsaid. Never in the history of the Judiciary has it had to contend with the loss of so much- qualitative and quantitative staff in a swoop”. Justice Abraham commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for making the fund available for the retirees. In an address, presented by the chief registrar, Nkereuwem Obot Esq, stated that, this set of retirees constitutes the last batch of those who were recruited into service of Cross River just before the creation of Akwa Ibom. It thus brings stellar careers of the calibre of staff who may rightly have boasted of having worked for both states. These men and women, though having retired as directors, accountants, lawyers, etc had the most inauspicious beginnings having been employed as messengers and clerks then. Majority of them braved every adversity to make a success of their lives. These ones are truly worthy of emulation as they, in no small way, have demonstrated that there is no end to what is achievable by man as long as there is probity of character, dedication to duty and drive; an inauspicious beginning notwithstanding. Obot maintained that retirement thus brings unexpected doors that open but yet are not easily predictable. Even people who retire with a plan can change their minds and take a path in a never envisioned direction. "The thought of new beginnings is exciting”. It brings with it a prospect of a fresh start and perhaps a hint of magical anticipation that is hard to ignore and even harder not to be enthusiastic about” in all of these recommended cautions "it is not all that glitter that is gold”. He thanked the chief judge of Akwa Ibom who had made the ceremony possible inspite of lean resources, commending administrative judges, chief registrar - Customary Court of Appeal, deputy chief registrar, director, Multi-Door Court House, magistrates of all grades, dispute resolution officers, heads of directorates, heads of sections/units, chairman of district courts, registrars, the leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Akwa Ibom Branch and, indeed, all the staff for their support towards chief judge in the year past while trusting for more of same in the new year. A former director of finance, Akwa Ibom Judiciary, Esther Udofia, retired, in her remark on behalf of the retirees expressed gratitude to God, the chief judge and the state government for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quota to the development of the state. Udofia expressed satisfaction for rising to an available height in her career, as a director in the judiciary, thanking God for wisdom and strength in carrying out their duties throughout their years in service, promising to be a good ambassador of the judiciary and the state. The highpoint of the event was the presentation of gifts and cash to the retirees by the chief judge.

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