It was a show of public appreciation and encomiums on the 29th day of September, 2014 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, to special Nigerians who have contributed and distinguished themselves in their respective service to the nation.
In line with the National Honours Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria established on 1st October, 1960 and codified into the National Honours Act 1964, exceptional Nigerians were conferred with diverse cadre of awards ranging from GCFR, GCON, CFR, CON, OFR, OON, MFR, MON, etc all in recognition of their outstanding service to the nation.
The National recognition Awards tend to motivate and challenge citizens to strive for greater heights and to contribute more actively towards promoting the nation’s intellectual, socio-economic and creative societal core values.
Among the terrific litany of recipients of the National Honours is the ever dedicated, laborious, efficient, philanthropic Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri. Having distinguished herself as an efficient administrator, Jurist per excellence and graceful philanthropist, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri was conferred with the fourth highest honour in the land, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON); becoming the first Jurist to be so awarded in Bayelsa State.
The extent of goodwill possessed by Hon. Justice Kate Abiri attracted the attendance of eminent Nigerians; Judges, Senior Lawyers, Politicians, Civil Servants, Friends and Family, from and outside of Bayelsa State, to a reception party at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja in celebration of a rare gem, legal Amazon and daughter of the Ijaw nation.
The Chairman of the occasion, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, in his opening remarks expressed his excitement and delight at the conferment of such a prestigious award on a Bayelsan, particularly, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, for her industry, excellence, cialis online, intellectual property, commitment to service and duty. He further stated that the Award of Honour conferred on the Chief Judge will encourage others to work hard.
Justice Affen of the High Court of FCT in his remarks extolled the virtues of the celebrant as being a humble, hardworking and honest personality. He added that the wealth of experience of the celebrant, her relationship with God and the act of autographing her work with quality made her appropriate for the award and as such he is not surprise with the conferment.
In the words of Larry Selekowei, SAN, ‘the depth of humility expressed by my lord, the Hon. Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri makes me want to associate with her’.
In his remark, Hon. Justice Daniel Ayah, the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Bayelsa State, projected that having known the celebrant for her virtues of hardwork and dedication to duties, the reward of honour is only but a natural consequence.
The Chairman of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Bayelsa State Chapter, Mrs. Selepre Koin conveyed that the Hon. Chief Judge of Bayelsa State is not only humble but also kind hearted, a great listener to the plight of workers in the judiciary.
In response to the goodwill messages of friends and well wishers, the Hon. Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri in a rather humorous manner referred to her husband as a ‘Good Head’, for bringing fortunes into her life. She remarked that she has no other choice but to work hard as the only way she can rest is to work.
Hon. Justice Kate Abiri appreciated her husband, staff of the Bayelsa State Judiciary, friends and family members for celebrating with her and further wished everyone a safe journey back home.
In attendance at the event include; Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Senator Paulker, Hon. Justice Abraham Adume (Court of Appeal), Hon. Justice Daniel Ayah, Hon. Justice Affen of the High Court of FCT, Hon. Justice D. E. Adokeme (High Court of Bayelsa State), Larry Selekowei, SAN, Dr. Anthony Okorodas (Chairman, NBA Yenagoa), Mr. Ifeanyi Walker (Fmr. Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Enugu State), Evangelist Cletus Ogbu, Mrs. Celestine Omavie (Deputy-Registrar, Court of Appeal), I.A Uzakah (Chief Registrar, Bayelsa State Judiciary), Staff of the Bayelsa State Judiciary, friends and family members.