Lagos Governor inaugurates 17th Chief Judge

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, congratulates Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba as the new Chief Judge of the State during the swearing-in ceremony at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has confirmed Justice Kazeem Alogba as the Chief Judge of Lagos State.

Justice Alogba steps in as the 17th Chief Judge of the State with a pledge to sustain the independence of the judiciary and also to embark on reform of the administration of justice system in the State.

Alogba, who had been presiding over the affairs of the state judiciary in acting capacity since June 13, was confirmed by the Lagos State House of Assembly, following ratification by National Judicial Council.

Justice Kazeem Alogba (right), taking his Oath of Office as the new Chief Judge of Lagos State.

Impartial judiciary
At the State House in Ikeja, venue of the ceremony, Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu described impartial judiciary as key to achieving his administration’s vision of greater Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration would strengthen the cordial relationship between the executive and the judiciary, without eroding impartiality and independence of the courts.

The Governor pledged to support the judiciary to enable it provide the needs of judicial officers and discourage the people to recourse to self-help.

Judicial reform
“I rejoice with you on this historic and momentous occasion, which will usher in a glorious chapter in the history of Lagos State judiciary. I have no doubt that your tenure as the head of judicial arm would further consolidate and advance the course of justice delivery for the benefit of those who seek redress in court.

“The ultimate goal of the judicial reforms which our Chief Judge has been part of is the need to ensure speedy delivery of justice to all parties irrespective of status. This is the only way to strengthen the confidence of our people in the justice system.

“I wish to use this opportunity to declare the total support of the executive arm. The objective to achieve a ‘Greater Lagos’ would not be possible without having impartial and independent judicial arm of government,” he said.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) and new Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba during the swearing-in ceremony.

The Governor described Alogba as a “plain judicial officer”, expressing confidence in the capacity of the Chief Judge to lead the State judiciary.

Smart Judiciary
The new Chief Judge said his tenure would witness transformation of judicial arm of government, promising to create what he described as “smart judiciary”.

This, he said, would be achieved by deploying technology tools that would enable the courts to dispense complicated cases on time.

According to him, “With a sense of responsibility, I stand before you all to accept the onerous tasks, which this office requires of me to perform. I seek the guidance of Almighty Allah in carrying out those responsibilities of the office. In performing my duties, I shall key into the vision of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration in ensuring that we have smart judiciary by providing first class judicial services in line with international best practice.

“We would be deploying more tools of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the provision of our services. In-video conferencing of court proceedings has already started and we would be doing more in this area.”

The Chief Judge mentioned rigorous training for judicial staff to enhance capacity and promised to maintain zero tolerance for corruption within the arm of the government.

Other areas highlighted include increase in the numbers of Judges and funding, among others for improved service delivery.

The event was the first official function of the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, who presented Justice Alogba to the public.

 

Sammie Idika