In a solemn observance of the commencement of the 2023/2024 New Legal Year, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State reiterated his administration’s unwavering commitment to the judiciary, emphasizing that the welfare of judicial officers remains a top priority.
Speaking at a Thanksgiving Service held at The Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina, Lagos, Sanwo-Olu underscored his government’s dedication to creating a conducive environment for all judicial officers in the state. His objective is to empower them to carry out their duties and responsibilities without any hindrance, fear, or favor.
Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu emphasized the importance of continued collaboration between the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches. He stressed that this collaborative effort is essential to uphold the principles of justice, fairness, and the rule of law, ensuring that Lagos State continues to progress significantly.
The Governor also expressed his administration’s commitment to completing all ongoing court projects across the state, thereby fortifying and promoting a robust judiciary in Lagos.
In his sermon, Rt. Revd. Ifedola Okupevi, the Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Anglican Communion, called upon all judicial officers, particularly judges and magistrates, to administer their duties with the fear of God. He urged them to prioritize the prompt and just delivery of justice, offer free legal services to the less fortunate, maintain integrity, temper justice with mercy, and foster peace in Lagos State.
Bishop Okupevi also emphasized the urgent need for the judiciary to address the congestion in Correctional Centers and maintain its watchdog role over other government branches.
Additionally, the Bishop acknowledged the efforts of President Bola Tinubu’s administration in revamping the economy and appealed for further measures to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
The Thanksgiving Service drew a distinguished gathering, including serving and retired judges, magistrates, Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), lawyers, government officials, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and more, demonstrating the collective commitment to upholding the values of justice and equity in Lagos State.