By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has boasted that no administration in the history of the state has appointed as many judges, enacted as many laws and supported the welfare of judges as exemplified by his administration.
Ajimobi, while performing the swearing in of Hon. Justice Eni Esan as President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal on Monday at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office, disclosed out that in his second term as governor, he had the privilege to assent over sixty new pieces of legislation targeted at promoting social and economic development and repositioning the judiciary for greater efficiency and speedy administration of justice.
The Governor hinged the development on the fact of his administration’s unarguable necessity of having an adequate number of judicial officers, a comfortable working environment and an improved overall condition of service for the judiciary to be prompt, fair, unencumbered and positioned for an expeditious administration of justice.
In his words: “The unwavering commitment of this administration to the Rule of Law is graphically reflected in the promptness and priority, with which we have addressed all issues relating to the needs of the Oyo State judiciary.”
“I have no doubt in my mind that the new President of the Customary Court of Appeal is an embodiment of good virtues and practical wisdom,” adding that a good judge in the course of administering justice, must contend with forces which, Ajimobi said, must be tackled dispassionately.
He, however, urged the president of the customary court of appeal to build on the foundation laid by her predecessor, Hon. Justice Solomon Akinteye (retd) as they continued to reposition the state for the coming generations.
“The roles of a judge are both constitutional and divine. The idea of a good judge stems from the historic concept of justice,” Ajimobi said.
While speaking with journalists, Hon. Justice Eni Esan assured the people of the state that the court would work in line with its mandate to ensure justice, equity and fairness to all who appeared before it.