The Ogun State governor, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun has enjoined the Hon. Judges, magistrates, Law officers and judicial staff to be closer to God by emulating the virtues of righteousness, tolerance in their dealings.
Prince Abiodun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, gave the advice at the Special Church Service ushering in the 2021/2022 legal year, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, the State Capital.
He said that the new Legal year should serve as an opportunity for the Legal Officers and all Judicial staff to deliver their responsibilities with fear of God and reflection of equity and Justice.
“Whatever we do here on earth would be accordingly adjudged by the Lord in heaven” he emphasized.
He noted that government had given priority to the Judiciary system in the State, thereby giving holistic approach in solving issues relating to the dispensation of Justice.
“Note that in giving priority to Judiciary sector, then rule of law, equity, righteousness, fairness and quick dispensation of justice would be prevailed.” He said
The Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu while analysing some of her achievements, she stated that the state Judiciary has provided a standard archive (Book and file archives) at the Judiciary Complex with book scanners and proper indexing of old record books from year 2010 to date.
Other achievements include Creation of Ogun State Judiciary Staff Development Centre with well quipped computer room for ICT training, Provision of a general library, e-library and up-to-date search engine, among others.
This achieved projects, according to the Chief Judge, is to further improve the Justice delivery system in the State.
In his sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Oludipe, the Bishop of Ijebu Anglican Diocese, admonished the Judges, Magistrates to be righteous, just and transparent in the dispensation of Justice.
Dignitaries present at the occasion include, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Olu and Paramount Ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Oba Adelekan Idowu Basibo, Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Sanni Osho, Alaye of Ode Remo, Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN),Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Members of executive Council, Members of the House of Assembly, among others.
In the same vein, a Special Muslim Service was held at the Egba Central Mosque, Kobiti,Abeokuta, with a lecture titled“Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria; The Role of Islam”, delivered by the Chief Imam of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Idris Ayinde.
Present at the service was the representative of the State Governor, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu who also doubled as the State Chief of Staff.