Abiodun promises to uphold rule of law, complete judiciary complex
The governor also promised the state judiciary that its new complex along Kobape Road, Abeokuta, would soon be completed.
Abiodun, who gave the assurance at a special church service to mark the 2019 Legal Year held at the Cathedral of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta, noted that the judiciary had been a pillar for the survival of democratic principles and preservation of the people’s right, which is the essence of government.
He said his government would protect the rights of the people of the state as well as uphold the principles of the rule of law, provide a just, free and egalitarian society, which guarantees continued development and abundant life for the people, irrespective of their gender, geographical location, economic, political or religious affiliations.
According to him, the new legal year was another opportunity to re-affirm individual and collective commitment to the course of justice and improvement on the administration of justice in the state.
He, therefore, urged the people to join hands with him to build the state for the benefit of all and also assured that the judiciary would benefit from his administration’s digitalisation process to enable judges to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to ease their cumbersome tasks thereby significantly improving administration of justice.
“I assure all members of the Bar and Bench that we will be according to the completion of the judiciary complex and its furnishing the necessary attention within available means so that we move the judiciary to its permanent location soonest,” he said.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Egba West Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Samuel Ogundeji, urged judges to be impartial and unbiased in the discharge of their duties, but examine all facts before them to deliver sound judgment.
Ogundeji, while admonishing them to judge with the fear of God, described an excellent judge as one who accepts his mistakes and works towards correcting them.