The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has enjoined Judges, Magistrate and Law Officers in the State to be closer to God by emulating the virtues of righteousness, tolerance, selflessness, brotherliness and perseverance in their dealings.
Governor Abiodun, gave the admonition today at a Special Church Service, ushering in the 2021/2022 Legal Year at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
Abiodun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi remarked that it was another opportunity for all Judges, Magistrates and Law officers of the State to be just and carry out their responsibility with fear of God, reflection of equity and justice, saying “whatever we do here on earth would be adjudged by God”.
The Governor said his administration had given priority to the judicial system in the State, with holistic approach in solving issues relating to the dispensation of justice, noting that approval had been given to the Judiciary to appoint more Judges and Magistrates.
On her part, the State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu stated that the legal year was to commence another year of dispensation of justice in the country, affirming that the Judiciary is up to the task ahead.
Justice Dipeolu added that the third arm of government had recorded tremendous achievement within its domain, which include provision of a general and e-libraries with a set of computers and up-to-date search engine, standard archive, with book scanners and proper indexing of old record books from year 2010 to date.
She pointed out that Small Claims Courts were commissioned in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ota and Ifo, while High courts were also established in Idi-Oke, Igbesaland.
In his sermon, the Diocesan Bishop of Ijebu, Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Oludipe said equity is the solution in addressing imbalanced social system and misadministration in the country, noting that justice could take equity one step further, by fixing the system in a way that would lead to long-term, sustainable and equitable access for generation to come.
Oludipe admonished the Judges and Magistrates to be righteous and fair, adding that “everyone would account for his or her stewardship”.
Other dignitaries at the occasion include, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Alaperu of Iperu Remo, Oba Adeleke Idowu, Alaye of Ode-Remo, Oba Sanni Osho, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Gbolahan Adeniran, some members of the State Executive Council and the House of Assembly.