Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Friday urged the judiciary to play a crucial role in ensuring political stability in the country.
The call was made during the swearing-in ceremony of Oriyomi Abiodun Sofowora as a judge of the State Customary Court of Appeal at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta.
Abiodun emphasized his administration’s belief in the independence and vitality of the judiciary as a fundamental tool for strengthening democracy and upholding the rule of law. He urged judicial officers to maintain impeccable standards in carrying out their duties.
“As a matter of duty, you must continue to earn public trust and ensure that all arms of government work independently, but collectively within the principles of separation of powers for the overall benefit of our people,” Governor Abiodun said, addressing Justice Sofowora.
The Governor highlighted Ogun State’s significant contribution to the development of a modern and functional legal system, not only in Nigeria but also in the West African sub-region.
He acknowledged the crucial role of the judiciary in maintaining balance among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government while serving as a refuge for ordinary citizens.
Governor Abiodun expressed confidence that Justice Sofowora’s appointment would enhance the state judiciary’s longstanding tradition of integrity, diligence, and excellence. He emphasized the importance of delivering justice effectively, efficiently, and impartially.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we are committed to bringing individuals of impeccable character and proven integrity on board to join us in governing the state,” assured Governor Abiodun.
He further highlighted the administration’s efforts in implementing justice system reforms, such as the introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Case Management System, the Judges’ Clock, and the Custody Monitoring Dashboard System, to ensure efficient administration of justice.
Governor Abiodun commended the members of the state’s judiciary for upholding the profession’s esteemed tradition. He pledged continued support for a robust and functional judicial system, in line with the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” agenda.
In her response, Justice Sofowora expressed gratitude to the governor for the opportunity to serve as a judge in the Customary Court of Appeal. She pledged to carry out her duties without bias, fear, or favor.
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