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OUR JUDICIAL SECTOR REFORMS ALREADY IMPROVING LAGOS GDP – AMBODE

…Urges Judges, Magistrates
To Be Fair To Attract More Investment

GOV AMBODE ATTENDS THE 2018/2019 LEGAL YEAR DINNER AT CITY HALL, LAGOS ISLAND, ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

Lagos
State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday evening commended judicial officers
in the State for their integrity and dedication to duty, saying it was
gratifying to note that the reforms carried out in the judicial sector were
already improving on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.

Speaking
at a special dinner to draw the curtains on the activities marking the
2018/2019 New Legal Year of the State Judiciary held at City Hall in Lagos,
Governor Ambode said in view of the symbiotic relationship between investment
and effective judiciary and security sectors, conscious efforts have so far
been made to foster improvement in the sectors, with the ultimate goal of
facilitating more businesses into the State.  

The
Governor, who particularly urged judges and magistrates to continue to be fair
in their dealings to attract more investment into the State, said his
administration equally remained committed to reforms in the judiciary, as well
as improving on the welfare of judicial officers.  

“I
am a very strong believer in judicial sector reforms and that is why I have
tried as much as possible to place more emphasis on judicial sector and
security sector reforms because both of them go hand-in-hand to improve on the
GDP of Lagos and you have seen that there is a correlation between the
improvement we have seen in the judiciary and the level of investment that we
are actually witnessing in Lagos.

“And
so, the sure way to go is to continue to emphasize on judicial sector reforms
and also encourage our Judges and Magistrates to be fair in their dealings and
we would continue to attract more investment to Lagos,” the Governor said.

While
congratulating the judiciary for the successes recorded in the last one year,
Governor Ambode specifically commended the Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke for
her remarkable achievements in office so far, just as he urged stakeholders in
the sector to continue to support the laudable initiatives being implemented by
the present administration.   

“I
can claim clearly here that as the third arm of government, I am happy with the
conduct of the judiciary because they have displayed a high sense of integrity
and they have actually carried on with a whole lot of respect.

“Under
the leadership of my lord, Hon Justice Opeyemi Oke, the integrity and
anti-corruption stance of the judiciary has been very commendable. In
recognition of this, our administration is committed to supporting the
judiciary and we would continue to support the judiciary.

“I
want to urge all of us to continue to support the outstanding works that have
been carried out by the Chief Judge and also support every other arm to ensure
delivery of services to our people,” the Governor said.

Earlier
in her opening remarks, Justice Oke commended all stakeholders for their
cooperation and support for her administration, saying she was poised to do
more to further advance the administration of justice in the State, and
Nigeria.

She
particularly commended Governor Ambode for the tremendous support to the
judiciary, adding that it was on record that the Governor was always ready to
strongly collaborate and assist when required.

“I
especially thank His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his unalloyed
and exceptional support of this administration and his understanding of the
peculiar nature of the position of the judiciary in government and his strong
attention to our requests,” the CJ said.

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