Run open administration, NGF tells Ngilari


Adamawa State Governor, Bala Ngilari, was on Friday in Abuja charged to run an open and all-inclusive administration.

The admonition came from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)

Mr Asishana Okauru, the Director-General of the forum, under the leadership of Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, gave the charge in a statement.

The group also urged the new governor to ensure the delivery of true democracy dividends to the people of the state.

It described as a landmark judgment, the court pronouncement which saw to the swearing in of Ngilari as governor.

The statement by Okauru added that the judgment was also a plus for the judiciary and Nigeria’s democracy and congratulated Ngilari on his judicial victory.

It, however, urged the judiciary to remain steadfast, bold and independent in anticipation of several other electoral cases as the country moved closer to the 2015 general elections.

Ngilari was praised for standing firm and remaining undaunted while the case lasted.

Meanwhile, Ngillari on Friday swore-in Justice Ishaya Banu as new Acting Chief Judge of the state.

The governor said that the Judiciary arm of government remained the only system that had continued to maintain its integrity as it strives to strengthen democracy in the country.

“Judiciary as you know is the last hope of masses as well as government.

“Therefore, the Judiciary must continue to ensure that it upholds the right position in the decision making in the process of growing democracy,”  he said.

He said that the appointment of the new acting chief judge was on merit following his track record of excellence in the discharge of his duties and career in the judiciary.

Ngillari said that the state’s quota at the federal judiciary level were still vacant and urged the state judiciary to work towards filling the vacant slots as a matter of urgency.

“We have eminent people that deserve to be there,” Ngillari said.

The governor assured the appointee of maximum cooperation of government with the judiciary to allow the system function effectively.

In his acceptance speech, Banu thanked the Almighty and the Adamawa Government for finding him worthy to serve his people.

He promised to abide by the rules and regulations of the judiciary and to avoid any act capable of tarnishing its image as well as ensuring discipline in the system.