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Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State, on Thursday in Akure, signed into law a bill to increase the number of judges in the state from 24 to 35.

Aiyedatiwa said it was the first time the number of judges would be increased since the creation of the state.

This, he said, was a demonstration of his unwavering commitment to justice, equality and rule of law.

The governor further stated that the signing into law of the bill affirmed the testament of his administration’s dedication to strengthening the fabrics of the society.

He said that government recognised the judiciary as the backbone of democracy and that by enhancing its capacity, it would empower citizens to foster a more just and equitable society, this enhancing the administration of justice in the state.

“Permit me to salute the leadership of Ondo State judiciary for your commitment to independence, neutrality, impartiality and courage in carrying out the administration of justice and observance of the rule of law.

“You have, no doubt, demonstrated that you are indeed the last hope of the common man, even in moments of critical trials for our state.

“Our administration must, therefore, keep demonstrating a commitment to making the Ondo State judiciary an envy of the nation.

“As I sign this bill into law today, we not only expand access to justice but also fortify the foundation of our democracy.

“By increasing the number of judges, we are not only reducing the workload of the existing judges, but also enabling the judiciary to tackle backlog of cases.
“We equally ensure timely and faster administration of justice, thereby reducing congestion in our courts.

“We demonstrate that our state is a beacon of progress, where the rights and dignity of all citizens are cherished and protected,” he said.
Aiyedatiwa also appreciated the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Olamide Oladiji, and Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Olusola, for the bold steps taken to achieve the feat.

Earlier, the speaker had said that the bill was considered on June 11 and passed into law on June 27, with the commitment and dedication of the House Committee on Judiciary.

According to him, the law will facilitate decongestion of correctional centres, confidence in the judiciary and reduction in the floodgates of litigation at the state high courts, with quick delivery of justice.

Also speaking, the chief judge said that the development would expand the number of judges, adding that it was in response to the demand of the judiciary.

Odusola appreciated the governor for his continuous contributions to efforts at repositioning the judicial system and reducing the workloads of judges, thereby having more time for other cases and their health.
(NAN)

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