IT IS NOT OUR JOY SENDING OUR OFFICERS AWAY---- Hon. CJ

The Chief Judge of Ogun State Hon. Justice Olatokunbo Olopade has charged all members of staff of Ogun State Judiciary to be law abiding and shun any act that would leave the Judicial Service Commission no choice but to take disciplinary action against them as the Commission derives no joy in showing them the door out of its service prematurely.

Justice Olopade gave the charge while addressing members of her staff during this year Conferment of Merit Award Ceremony organized by the Management as part of the activities ushering in Year 2016/2017 legal Year which was held at the Magistrate's Court premises, Isabo, Abeokuta.

The Hon. CJ urged all members of staff to always put in their best and do their work the way it should be done not minding the prevailing economic situation in our country "in spite of the economic situation in our country, let us do our work the way we should do it, let us shun corruption Olopade” stated.

According to her, the Judicial Service Commission derives no joy in sending away people either through compulsory retirement or to terminate their appointment "it is not our joy to send away people to retire or terminate their appointment, it is not the joy of the Judicial Service Commission".

She reiterated the Management's determination to continue to make the welfare of her staff top priority and urged the members of staff to reciprocate by doing their work diligently and shun any act of indiscipline.

Hon. Justice Olopade who used the medium to thank her brother Judges, Retired Judges and members of staff for their unflinching support for her administration in the past years also thanked God for His faithfulness. Hon. Justice Olopade noted that this year event marked her fifth year in office as the Chief Judge of the State, she therefore thanked God for giving her the strength and the courage she needs in carrying out her highly demanding duties.

OLOPADE SEEKS ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR JUDGES, OTHER JUDICIAL OFFICERS

In the wake of recent raids on estates in Abeokuta and its environs by Armed Robbers and high rate of kidnapping in the Country, the Hon. Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade has appealed to the Comm. of Police, Ogun State Command, CP Ahmed Iliasu to provide more security for Judges in the State.

Hon. Justice Olopade made this plea when the State Police Chief paid her a courtesy visit recently in her office at Abeokuta. According to the Hon. CJ, the spate of Armed Robbery attack on Estates in Abeokuta is now at alarming rate and since Eighty (80) percent of the Judges live on Judges' Estate at Oke-Mosan, the Estate as a matter of urgency should be given adequate security considering the nature of their job and same should be given to Judges living in their personal houses and those living in out stations.

Speaking further, Hon. Justice Olopade noted that though it is God that protects but one must do the needful.

In addition to this plea, the Hon. Chief Judge also appealed to the State Police Chief to extend the gesture to Magistrates in the State because they come in contact with lots of criminals as Ninety (90) percent of criminal cases go to their courts before getting to the High Courts which makes them open to this risk.

Justice Olopade however made it known that the Management is not unaware of the problem the Command is facing as regard insufficient man power but appealed to the Police Chief to accord the safety of lives of Judicial Officers in the State important attention.

Earlier in her speech, Olopade commended the State Police Command for finding solution to the problem of backlog of judgment awaiting execution which put to rest the agitation and threat by Lawyers in the State to protest against the ugly development and also thanked CP Iliasu for recognizing the importance of the issue and for assuring the State Judiciary that there will be no delay in the enforcement and execution of judgment.

IGR- OGHA COMMENDS OGSJ

Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Justice, Ethics and Public Petition has commended the Management of Ogun State Judiciary for supporting the State Government drive in increasing the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) most especially in this era of dwindling Federal Allocation as a result of the economic recession that our nation is passing through.
This commendation was given by Hon. Olowofuja Nureni, one of the members of the Committee which has Hon. Adebowale Ojuri as its chairman when the Committee, as
part of its oversight function, visited the State Judiciary recently to appraise its activities based on the 2016 budget performance of the agency.
According to Hon. Olowofuja, the move by the State Judiciary In ensuring that only people with evidence of tax payment are allowed to stand surety is a commendable
effort towards generation of revenue for the State. He then urged the Management of the State Judiciary not to relent on this laudable move and even bring in more ingenuity so that more money can come into the coffer of the State Government.
Throwing his weight behind this move, Hon. Aina Akinpelu also gave kudos to the team of Management of the State Judiciary. To him the move will not only serve as means of revenue generation for the State, it will also give the Government and the people of the State the assurance that people standing surety for accused persons in our Courts are responsible citizens of the State thereby giving our legal system more credibility.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Akeem Adenariwo, the Deputy Chief Registrar (Special Duties) who briefed the Committee on the activities of the Third Arm of Government, informed the Committee about some of the efforts of the State Judiciary in helping the State to generate more revenue though the Arm was set up to provide essential services and not a revenue generating institution.
Some of the dignitaries present at the occasion were; Hon. Akintayo Juliana, Chief Registrar of Ogun State Judiciary, Mr. O.S Oloyede, his Deputies, Heads of Account Dept. and Internal Audit/Budgeting Section.

OGSJ TO ESTABLISH MULTI-DOOR COURTHOUSE IN EACH SENATORIAL DISTRICT

The Chief Judge of Ogun State Hon. Justice Olatokunbo Olopade has made it known that Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse will not be limited to Ogun Central alone as plans are now in the pipeline to establish the Courthouse in the other two (2) Senatorial Districts of Ogun State.

This hint was dropped by the Hon. Chief Judge while delivering her welcome address at the opening ceremony of A-4 Day Training for Neutrals of the Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse (OM DC) held recently at the High Court Conference Hall, Abeokuta.

The step to establish the said Courthouse according to the Hon. CJ was triggered by the assurance the Management of the State Judiciary is getting from people of the districts that great support will be given to ensure the smooth take off of the Courthouse in Ijebu-Ode and Ota.

The Hon. Chief Judge, who used the medium to express her joy about the reception of the mechanism by the citizens of Ogun State, assured that the mechanism will not only bring about quick dispensation of justice but shall also promote and sustain good relationship between disputing parties.