ABEOKUTA—Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Monday, called on the Bar, Media, Civil Society Organisations, religious bodies and other stakeholders to rise in the defence of a strong and virile judiciary that will stand the test of time.
The governor who spoke while swearing-in the first female Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, charged the new Chief Judge “to provide the right kind of leadership for the State Judiciary and come up with innovative ways of improving the delivery and administration of justice in the state
Amosun who used the occasion to explain that the state had no intention of taking over any school but to ensure that every child in the state had access to education.
, reminded the new Chief Judge, her that “as the very first female Chief Judge of Ogun State, she has become a pioneer and an ambassador to a segment of our population that she cannot afford to disappoint.”
According to the governor, but for the action of the government, about 23,000 children would not have been able to resume school this term.
Amosun told Justice Olopade had inherited from other renowned legal practitioners and jurists a tradition of eminence which she must sustain.
The governor commended the meritorious service of the former Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Oluremi Jacobs, to the state and promised to strengthen the independence of the third arm of the government in the interest of the citizens.
Governor Amosun expressed concern over the recent happenings in the Judiciary at the highest level, saying that they had “far-reaching implications on the confidence of the average Nigerian in our judiciary.”
The government, according to the governor, did not increase tax payable by the civil servants “even by one per cent”. “What we have done is to ensure that everybody in the state complies with the PAYE law, which is a federal statute.”
He explained that workers were not paying the right tax under the previous administration because the latter was not paying the salaries of workers in full.
“Now that we pay in full, even above the National Minimum Wage, it is imperative for all of us to pay our tax in line with the law,” he said.