…As CJ vows to Stamp Out Corruption, Uphold Rule Of Law
Justice Opeyemi Oke has been sworn-in as the 16th substantive Chief Judge of Lagos with a promise that the State judiciary, under her, would not only uphold rule of law in interpreting laws, but also stamp out all forms of official corruption and ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who presided over the swearing-in ceremony on Friday acknowledged the progress made by the state judiciary in increasing the speed of justice delivery in the State.
He tasked the new CJ to initiate reforms and step-up our efforts that would advance the status quo without necessarily compromising the fundamental principle of fair hearing and the rule of law.
“One area of our Judicial System which I consider as work in progress is the speed of justice delivery in the State. We have made significant progress in this regard with the various reforms that have been initiated and implemented.
“However, I believe strongly that we can do more by stepping up our efforts so that the wheel of justice can roll faster without necessarily compromising the fundamental principle of fair hearing and the rule of law.” The Governor emphasized.
The Governor described the swearing-in ceremony as an affirmation of the belief of the present administration in the rule of law and the importance of the judiciary to the democratic system.
He said the 50 years of seamless transition aptly qualified the judiciary as one of the most resilient institutions in the State, and congratulated judiciary workers and all the past and present Chief Judges of the State for maintaining the integrity of the institution.
Ambode advised Justice Oke to see her appointment as a platform to sustain and improve on the enviable reputation which the State Judiciary had built for itself over the years.
While congratulating Justice Oke, Governor Ambode said the development was a confirmation of her competence, experience and character to preside over the sacred temple of justice, just as he expressed absolute confidence in her intellectual capacity to steer the ship of the State Judiciary on a smooth sail.
He also assured of continued cooperate with the judiciary in developing and implementing appropriate strategies to ensure justice is done speedily. “The fact that judges in Lagos State face enormous work being the busiest in the country; we will explore ways to ensure significant increase in the number of judges to match the volume of court cases in the State.”
Governor Ambode used the swearing-in ceremony to unveiled plans by the State Government to establish a designated Commercial Courthouse with the overall objective of ensuring speedy resolution of disputes as well as drive commerce and enhance the ease of doing business in the State.
In her vote of assurance, Justice Oke thanked Governor Ambode and other stakeholders for the confidence reposed in her, saying that she would key into the vision of the Governor who she described as a performer and a big dreamer, to transform the State Judiciary.
She assured Lagosians that she will improve public access, transparency and accountability to boost confidence of the public in the judiciary, among others.