IT’S TIME TO VIGOROUSLY TACKLE DELAY IN JUSTICE DELIVERY, AMBODE TELLS JUDGES…

…Says
Justice System Must Be Sound, Fair, Effective

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke (left) and Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye (middle) during a Special Service for the Opening of 2018/2019 Legal Year at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, on Monday, October 15, 2018.

…Attends
New Legal Year Service

Lagos
State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday tasked the judiciary to come up
with innovative models to vigorously tackle delay in justice delivery, saying
it was time for all stakeholders to engender speedy and efficient
administration of justice system in the country.

Governor
Ambode, who spoke at a Special Service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ,
Marina, to mark the official commencement of 2018/2019 Legal Year of Lagos
State Judiciary, said the issue of delay in justice delivery was still a major
concern, and that it was time for all hands to be on deck to enhance confidence
in the legal system.

He
said Lagos, being the economic hub of Africa, must be at the vanguard of
judicial reforms, adding that the State’s justice sector must be sound, fair and
effective.  

“As
our State remains the cynosure of excellence and the economic hub of Africa,
our judiciary must continue to be at the forefront of judicial reforms to meet
the expectations of the modern day justice sector. My lords, we bear the responsibility
of 24million people who look up to you and I to protect them with the law. Our
justice system must remain sound, fair and effective.

“The
plague of delay in justice delivery is still of major concern. All stakeholders
in the sector must ensure that the issue of delay is tackled vigorously by
creating innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery
system which can be replicated more broadly across the country.

“The
fact is this; the expectation of the citizens is huge and it requires all
stakeholders to work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system,
promote the rule of law, and guarantee the protection of lives and property,”
Governor Ambode said.

He
said since the commencement of his administration, conscious efforts and
initiatives have been put in place to enhance justice delivery, as well as
respect the constitutionally roles of the three arms of government.

“Our
administration recognizes the separate but interwoven roles of the three arms
of government and part of our own commitment to a lawful and orderly society is
to respect the limits of those constitutional roles which we have always done.

“One
of the cardinal policies of our government has been the enthronement of law and
order and today, I stand a happy man knowing we have delivered on those
promises,” he said.

Speaking
on some of the initiatives of his administration in the justice sector, the
Governor said due to the increased work load and number of cases in the courts,
more judges and magistrates were appointed, as well as construction of more
court houses and renovation of existing courts to befit the judiciary, together
with improved welfare for judicial officers in the State.

He
added: “The introduction of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre further
enhanced the quality of justice delivery in the State and we have also
developed policies and legislations that will aid speedy dispensation of
justice.”

While
congratulating members of judiciary on the commencement of the New Legal Year
and wishing them fruitful deliberations, the Governor equally assured of his
continued support and partnership to further enhance justice delivery in the
State.

In
his sermon at the service, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Church of Nigeria
(Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye commended judges for the role
they have been playing in national development but admonished them to dispense
justice without fear or favour and always uphold justice.

He
said judges, being distinguished and eminent people in the society, must know
that it was God’s blessings that enriches, and as such, they should eschew
injustice which he said could lead to chaos, disaster and maladministration,
among others.

“Righteousness
exalts a nation but since is the reproach. To be successful, judges must do the
right thing moment by moment and day by day. The only thing that can sustain
you at the top is godly character and integrity.

“Justice
must not only be done, it must be seen to have been done. Justice must be
dispensed without fear or favour. Let justice be done though heavens fall. We
all must know that we shall give account of our stewardship on the day of
reckoning,” Olumakaiye said.

On
2019 elections, the clergyman prayed for God’s will to be done in Nigeria, just
as he said the nation needs strong moral foundation at all levels.

“Let
us go back to the path of honesty, love, sincerity, dignity of labour,
righteousness, discipline, integrity, hard work, excellence, zeal for result,
among others,” he said.

Besides,
Olumakaiye commended Governor Ambode for the good work being done in the State,
saying the Church was proud of the sterling performance and would continue to
support and pray for him.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke (left) and Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye (middle) during a Special Service for the Opening of 2018/2019 Legal Year at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, on Monday, October 15, 2018.

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