By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi on Monday, sworn in the new state’s Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Hannah Ogunesan and President, Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice Solomon Akinteye, urging them to remain dedicated in their call to service.
The Governor who administered the swearing in at the Executive Cabinet Chambers of the Governor’s Office, charged the new HoS to use her new position for the leadership, management and capacity development of the civil/public service in the state.
“This office is the engine of governance and the administrative machinery for implementing government directives, programmes, activities and policies.
“The new Head of Service is therefore saddled with enormous tasks which she must accomplish in order that our people may achieve the maximum benefits of our current democratic dispensation,” Ajimobi said.
He, therefore, charged the new Head of Service to see her appointment as an opportunity to serve, an opportunity to prove that they were right in choosing her for that important role in the life of the current administration.
In the same vein, the governor called on the newly sworn in President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice Solomon Akinteye ensure that new rules of practice and procedure were quickly made for the court, to assure speedy adjudication, and fair dispensation of Justice to all and sundry.
“Customary law in its modern day application will complement our existing laws in appropriate cases and the court whose President is being sworn in today will serve as the major vehicle to blend our appropriate customary laws and practices with constitutional validity. This giant stride should also streamline the adjudicating process in our lower cadre customary courts (especially the Grade C Customary Court) and regulate the seemingly adhoc procedures of their panels.”
“The Customary Court of Appeal is established to speed up the determination of cases with customary flavour, for example in estates and succession, inheritance rights, etc,” adding that it was clearly a special court set up to bring justice to the door-steps of our people at the grassroots.
Ajimobi, then called on him to bring his wealth of experience garnered on the Oyo State High Court Bench to bear on the arduous task of setting a desirable standard for the Customary Court of Appeal, its Judges and the registry of the court.