Decongestion of Prisons, Our Top Priority – Nwoko

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The reappointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko has said that his major focus would be on how to decongest the prisons in the state, ensure the establishment of Crime Data base as well as ensure that all laws made in the state since the year 2000 are codified to make it accessible to the citizens.

Barr. Nwoko who has wealth of professional experience at the Bar, disclosed this yesterday in Uyo shortly after his swearing –in for the third time as Commissioner in both former Governor Godswill Akpabio and the present Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.

The Ika born legal luminary noted that prison congestion has been a major challenge facing prisons in the state, as such he will work hard to ensure that they are decongested.

Nwoko who also has a strong background as a human rights activist, said that his ministry would ensure that enforcement of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental human rights of citizens.

While thanking the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel whom he said he has worked with for nearly two years, Barr. Nwoko said that he will not disappoint the people of the state and the governor in particular for the confidence reposed on him.

It would be recalled that Barr. Nwoko was first appointed as Commissioner for Justice in the last days in office of former governor Akpabio administration. He served for three months before the administration came to an end.

He was re-appointed and posted to the same Ministry by Governor Udom. He brought serious reforms to bear, a development that has set new trends in ICT in the judiciary as well as baseline for elevation, judicial performance, access to justice, case flow management and anti- corruption.

Meanwhile, commendations have continued to trail the re-appointment of Nwoko as commissioner and State Chief law officer. In one of the commendations, Mr. Ndon Assian said that the reappointment is well deserved based on his track record in handling judicial matters for the state.

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