L-R: The two new judges in the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Adeniyi Lawal and Bolanle Awoyemi; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu and the newly appointed Judge of the State High Court, Justice Martins Akinyemi, during the swearing-in of the new judges at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta on Tuesday
By Nudoiba Ojen
Three new judges and two permanent secretaries were sworn-in by Governor Dapo Abiodun in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Tuesday.
The judges are Martins Akinyemi, sworn in as a judge in the State High Court; and Bolanle Awoyemi and Adeniyi Lawal sworn in as judges in the Customary Court of Appeal.
The new permanent secretaries are Engr. Muritala Adekunle and Engr. Olufisan Osiyale.
L-R: Newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Engr. Olufisan Osiyale; Deputy Governor Engr. (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Governor Dapo Abiodun; Head of Service, Mr Kolawole Fagbohun and another newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Engr Muritala Adekunle at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, on Tuesday
The governor, Prince Abiodun, at the judicial officers’ swearing-in ceremony, charged the newly sworn-in judges in the state to be truly the last hope of the common man.
The governor said, “Justice is one of the most important moral values in the spheres of law and politics. It exists for the purpose of establishing law, order, and truth because it enhances the well-being of individuals through equal access, advocating for justice and promoting policies that address systemic barriers.
Prince Abiodun, who said that the new judges had demonstrated unwavering dedication, integrity and profound understanding of the intricacies of the judicial system, urged them to see themselves as custodians of a proud and heroic pedigree from who the people of the state have a right to expect from them.
The governor reminded the new judges not only to rise above temptations and trials, but be calculative and honest in all ramifications.
He expressed confidence that the tradition of integrity, diligence, industry and excellence that had been the hallmark of the state judiciary would not only be continued, but also enhanced.
Also speaking while swearing-in the two new permanent secretaries, the governor assured that he would make the state civil service a reference in the comity of civil service in the country.
Abiodun noted that his administration in the last years, had positioned the civil service to be vibrant and result oriented.
He said: “As a very responsive and responsible government, working assiduously with determination, we are therefore positioning the civil and public service to be vibrant and result oriented towards the successful implementation of our Building Our Future Together agenda.
“By our vow principles of governance that solely predicate on inclusive leadership, we consider the civil service as prime partnership of great value and significance. Therefore, we should continue to hold you in the highest esteem and treat you with the utmost respect and respect that you deserve.”
Abiodun emphasized that the swearing-in of the two permanent secretaries who were chosen on merit and tract record was a deliberate policy step taken by his administration towards transforming and strengthening the civil service for optimum performance.
Commending the permanent secretaries for standing firm and remaining resolute in the face of daunting challenges while serving the state, Governor Abiodun opined that their resilience had passed off, calling on them to be prudent, proactive, accountable and meticulous as accounting officers in their respective ministries.
Speaking in an interview, the Head of Service, Mr Kolawole Fagbohun, congratulated the newly appointed permanent secretaries, imploring them to work harder in order to justify their new positions.
In their remarks, the new permanent secretaries thanked the governor for the elevation and promised to join hands with their colleagues in taking the state to the next level.