By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State government has approved an increase in judges’ rental allowances from 100 to 200 percent of their basic salary.
The memo to provide for extra allowances for all judges to enhance their performance is expected to be forwarded to the State Executive Council.
Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in Abeokuta when he inaugurated two judges into the state High Court and three into the Customary Court of Appeal.
The five judges are Justices Adewole Adeyemi and Safrat Bello for the High Court and Justices Philip Akinsinde, Olukemi Osisanya and Idowu Odugbesan, for the Customary Court of Appeal.
“We will continue to appreciate the enormous work of our judges. We don’t want them to compromise, that is why we will always look after their welfare. The judiciary is the last bastion of hope of the common man, it is the balancing between the legislature and the executive. Judges are also the pivotal wheels which the civilised societies stand,” he noted.
Abiodun said the state is blessed with men and women of exceptional qualities whose contribution to the socio-economic development of the state and nation is not in doubt, adding that the appointment of the five new judges was a unique milestone in the history of the state, as it was done to preserve the existing legacies left behind by the state’s founding fathers.
The governor noted that the hallmark of any administration is the availability of men and women of high quality, expressing hope that the culture and tradition of integrity, honesty and hard work would be enhanced with the appointment of the judges.
Prince Abiodun assured that his administration would continue to implement policies and program that would reposition the judiciary for optimal performance, calling for mutual respect among the three arms of government.
He appealed to the people who are yet to be vaccinated to do so, while those who had received the two jabs should get the booster dose, as Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate.
Responding on behalf of other judges, Justice Adewole Adeyemi appreciated the fovernor for finding them worthy of the position, saying they would ensure the State judiciary remains the best in the country.