By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has said that his administration will continue to provide an enabling environment for the three arms of government to operate and function efficiently, effectively and productively.
The Governor stated this when he swore in four new justices of the State High Court at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Local Government Service Commission, Government Secretariat, Osogbo.
Oyetola described the judiciary as sine qua non to socioeconomic, political and democratic sustainability of any society, saying the present administration in the state would leave no stone unturned to ensure the independence of the judiciary.
The new judges are: Hon. Justice Mathais Olusegun Agboola, Hon. Justice Lawrence Olawale Arojo, Hon. Justice Olorunfemi Judith Ajanaku and Hon. Justice Sikiru Adeposi Oke.
Oyetola said: “Judiciary is an important arm of government. It is the last hope of the common man and the face of the presence of the Rule of Law in a polity. It is our hope that with this appointments, the interest of justice will be better served in the state.
“Our administration will continue to offer improved welfare package to the Judiciary and give it an enabling environment to discharge its services with unblemished integrity.”
The governor acknowledged the unflinching support that the state has been receiving from the other two arms of government, saying specifically that “our state had enjoined high level of uncompromising support and relationship from the judiciary”.
“Indeed, the Judiciary is our ally in our resolve to uplift our state and offer qualitative and equitable service to the people. I thank them for their services to the state and people.
“I urge you to continue to uphold the tenets and ethics of impartiality, equity, independence and incorruptibility, which are the hallmark of the bench and the legal profession. I thank the Chief Judge for providing the right leadership to the Judiciary of the state of Osun.
“As a government, we hold the judiciary in high esteem and we have enjoyed a high level of uncompromising support and relationship from the judiciary.”
Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Justice Mathias Olusegun Agboola, commended the governor for counting them worthy to further serve the people of the state at a higher position.
He assured him of their readiness to contribute their quota to the advancement of the state and the administration of justice.
“You have opened another chapter in the book of history by elevating us to the bench today. We would remain conscious that every decision we make is history. We have been warned that we would lose many of our friends in the process, ” Justice Agboola added.
Those in attendance include: Wife of the governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; Osun Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola; Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of General Administration, Barr. Adejare Adebisi; Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; Osun APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun; and the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran.