Ex-la­gos judge seeks ef­fec­tive ju­di­ciary

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THE re­tired ad­min­is­tra­tive judge of the La­gos State Ju­di­ciary, Jus­tice Doris Oku­wobi, has ex­pressed the need to re­po­si­tion the ju­di­ciary for op­ti­mum growth and im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Jus­tice Oku­wobi spoke at the vale­dic­tory court ses­sion held in her hon­our at the High Court of La­gos State, Ig­bosere.

She said, “The Ju­di­ciary of the 21st Cen­tury must be such that boldly could hold its own, as­sert its in­de­pen­dence, author­ity and in­tegrity, and rise above the va­garies of lim­i­ta­tions and chal­lenges, to as­sume its right­ful po­si­tion in mod­ern so­ci­ety and bear­ing in mind its crit­i­cal role and func­tion in en­sur­ing good gov­er­nance, law and or­der in so­ci­ety.

“Jus­tice must not only be served, we must en­sure at all time, that the ju­di­cial process is purged of all en­cum­brances, iden­tify flaws and clogs on the wheels of jus­tice; and in mov­ing the ju­di­ciary for­ward, our re­form strate­gies must be rightly fo­cused and such that in­spires hope, trust and con­fi­dence in our ju­di­cial sys­tem. For this to be achieved, the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary as boldly enun­ci­ated in the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion must be strictly ad­hered to. This is es­sen­tial and crit­i­cal as there are no two ways to it.

“Go­ing for­ward, it is my view that our fo­cus in the years and decades ahead would be to evolve ef­fec­tive and in­no­va­tive strate­gies to fur­ther the growth of the state Ju­di­ciary for a more pur­pose-driven change and trans­for­ma­tion in our ju­di­cial sys­tem. Among oth­ers, our ef­forts should be to en­sure that the La­gos State Ju­di­ciary re­main primus in­ter pares in the qual­ity of jus­tice de­liv­ery.”

In his re­mark, the Chief Judge of La­gos State, Jus­tice Kazeem Alogba, who noted that he was re­luc­tant to let go of the re­tired judge, de­scribed her as a quin­tes­sen­tial ju­di­cial of­fi­cer.

He said, “I found it dif­fi­cult to be­lieve she is re­tir­ing be­cause she has been of in­valu­able value to us. The ar­ray of judges of the high court and jus­tices of the Court of Ap­peal present here to­day are a tes­ti­mony of her in­valu­able es­ti­ma­tion to La­gos ju­di­ciary.

“She is a very cere­bral judge, very painstak­ing, very con­sid­er­able, a good mother to all and a quin­tes­sen­tial ju­di­cial of­fi­cer.”

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