It’s Time To Vigorously Tackle Delay In Justice Delivery

It’s Time To Vigorously Tackle Delay In Justice Delivery

…Says Justice System Must Be Sound, Fair, Effective

…Attends New Legal Year Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday tasked the judiciary to come up with innovative models to vigorously tackle delay in justice delivery, saying it was time for all stakeholders to engender speedy and efficient administration of justice system in the country.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a Special Service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, to mark the official commencement of 2018/2019 Legal Year of Lagos State Judiciary, said the issue of delay in justice delivery was still a major concern, and that it was time for all hands to be on deck to enhance confidence in the legal system.

He said Lagos, being the economic hub of Africa, must be at the vanguard of judicial reforms, adding that the State’s justice sector must be sound, fair and effective.

“As our State remains the cynosure of excellence and the economic hub of Africa, our judiciary must continue to be at the forefront of judicial reforms to meet the expectations of the modern day justice sector. My lords, we bear the responsibility of 24million people who look up to you and I to protect them with the law. Our justice system must remain sound, fair and effective.

“The plague of delay in justice delivery is still of major concern. All stakeholders in the sector must ensure that the issue of delay is tackled vigorously by creating innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery system which can be replicated more broadly across the country.

“The fact is this; the expectation of the citizens is huge and it requires all stakeholders to work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system, promote the rule of law, and guarantee the protection of lives and property,” Governor Ambode said.

He said since the commencement of his administration, conscious efforts and initiatives have been put in place to enhance justice delivery, as well as respect the constitutionally roles of the three arms of government.

“Our administration recognizes the separate but interwoven roles of the three arms of government and part of our own commitment to a lawful and orderly society is to respect the limits of those constitutional roles which we have always done.

“One of the cardinal policies of our government has been the enthronement of law and order and today, I stand a happy man knowing we have delivered on those promises,” he said.

Speaking on some of the initiatives of his administration in the justice sector, the Governor said due to the increased work load and number of cases in the courts, more judges and magistrates were appointed, as well as construction of more court houses and renovation of existing courts to befit the judiciary, together with improved welfare for judicial officers in the State.

He added: “The introduction of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre further enhanced the quality of justice delivery in the State and we have also developed policies and legislations that will aid speedy dispensation of justice.”

While congratulating members of judiciary on the commencement of the New Legal Year and wishing them fruitful deliberations, the Governor equally assured of his continued support and partnership to further enhance justice delivery in the State.

In his sermon at the service, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye commended judges for the role they have been playing in national development but admonished them to dispense justice without fear or favour and always uphold justice.

He said judges, being distinguished and eminent people in the society, must know that it was God’s blessings that enriches, and as such, they should eschew injustice which he said could lead to chaos, disaster and maladministration, among others.

“Righteousness exalts a nation but since is the reproach. To be successful, judges must do the right thing moment by moment and day by day. The only thing that can sustain you at the top is godly character and integrity.

“Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to have been done. Justice must be dispensed without fear or favour. Let justice be done though heavens fall. We all must know that we shall give account of our stewardship on the day of reckoning,” Olumakaiye said.

On 2019 elections, the clergyman prayed for God’s will to be done in Nigeria, just as he said the nation needs strong moral foundation at all levels.

“Let us go back to the path of honesty, love, sincerity, dignity of labour, righteousness, discipline, integrity, hard work, excellence, zeal for result, among others,” he said.

Besides, Olumakaiye commended Governor Ambode for the good work being done in the State, saying the Church was proud of the sterling performance and would continue to support and pray for him.

Remarks Of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 2018 Legal Year Ceremony

Remarks Of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 2018 Legal Year Ceremony

Let me begin by thanking Almighty God for sparing our lives to witness yet another opening of the New Legal year. I congratulate the Lagos State Judiciary under the leadership of My lord, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, Chief Judge of Lagos State for the success, hardwork, dedication, and co-operation in the past few years.

 

One can safely assume from the radiant looks of My Lords and Your Honours that you have all had restful holidays and are well energised for the year ahead.

 

As you begin another Judicial Year, I assure you of our continued support and partnership. Our Administration recognises the separate but interwoven roles of the three arms of government and part of our own commitment to a lawful and orderly society is to respect the limits of those constitutionally defined roles. This we have always done.

 

One of the cardinal policies of our government has been the enthronement of law and order. Today, I stand a happy man knowing we delivered on those promises.

 

The increased workload and number of cases in our courts necessitated the appointment of more Judges and Magistrates as well as the construction of more court houses and renovation of existing courts to befit our judiciary. This had to be complemented by the improved welfare of our Judges and Magistrates.

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The introduction of the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre further enhanced the quality of justice delivery in the State and we have also developed policies and legislations that will aid speedy dispensation of justice.

 

As our State remains the cynosure of excellence and the economic hub of Africa, our judiciary must continue to be in the forefront of judicial reforms to meet the expectation of the modern day justice sector. My Lords, we bear the responsibility of 24 million people who look up to you and I to protect them with the law. Our justice system must remain sound, fair and effective.

 

The plague of delay in justice delivery is still of major concern. All stakeholders in the sector must ensure that the issue of delay is tackled vigorously by creating innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery system which can be replicated more broadly across the country.

 

The expectations of the citizenry is huge and requires all stakeholders to work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system, promote the rule of law, guarantee protection of lives and properties.

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Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Clergy, our Fathers in the Lord and our Royal Fathers, for their prayers and guidance. I once again thank the judiciary for their partnership, co-operation and support, through which tremendous progress has been made in the State.

 

My lord the Chief Judge, my lords the honorable judges of the High Court of Lagos State and other judges here present, the Magistracy, members of the inner and outer bar, ladies and gentlemen, I congratulate you all on the successful commencement of the new legal year and I wish you fruitful celebrations.

 

Itesiwaju Ipinle eko, lo je wa logun

 

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, COWLSO Donate Transport Incubator Ambulances And Portable Otoread Equipment To General Hospitals In Lagos

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, COWLSO Donate Transport Incubator Ambulances And Portable Otoread Equipment To General Hospitals In Lagos

…restates commitment to zero infant mortality in Lagos

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has said that no effort would be spared, to achieve zero infant mortality in the state.

She made the commitment during the donation of two transport incubator ambulance to Gbagada General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity, by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), as part of their health intervention project for this year.

A transport incubator ambulance is specially designed to transport ‘pre-mature’ babies to standard medical facilities, equipped with Intensive Care Unit, ICU.

Bolanle noted that members of the committee were touched by the high mortality rate of pre-term babies, occurring before they could access intensive care.

The transport incubators according to her, would provide a womb-like environment for the baby, with the right temperature and life-saving gadgets, to help the newborn hang unto life till it gets to the ICU.

Wife of Lagos State Governor/Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right); Medical Director, Gbagada General Hospital, Dr. Tayo Lawal (right); representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunmi Taiwo (2nd left); Commissioner IV, Health Service Commission, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi (left) and representative of Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. Tokunbo Oluwole (middle), inspecting an incubator during the donation of Two Transport Incubator ambulance and Portable Otoread equipment to Four General Hospitals in the State by COWLSO as part of its annual Health Intervention Project for 2018, at the Gbagada General Hospital, on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018.
Wife of Lagos State Governor/Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right); Medical Director, Gbagada General Hospital, Dr. Tayo Lawal (right); representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunmi Taiwo (2nd left); Commissioner IV, Health Service Commission, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi (left) and representative of Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. Tokunbo Oluwole (middle), inspecting an incubator during the donation of Two Transport Incubator ambulance and Portable Otoread equipment to Four General Hospitals in the State by COWLSO as part of its annual Health Intervention Project for 2018, at the Gbagada General Hospital, on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018.

She said, ‘The special ambulance can also be used to convey infants with severe post birth complications and others in serious emergency situations. The women of COWLSO reckon that with this intervention, many more newborns, infants and children in Lagos State, will be saved from avoidable deaths with attendant happiness to their parents’.

The Committee also donated two hearing defect management equipment, Portable Otoread OAEs, to Alimosho and Shomolu General Hospitals, also as part of their intervention effort.

Speaking further, she observed that COWLSO was constrained to continue its previous intervention in early detection and management of hearing defects, because of the serious consequences of hearing loss in children.

She recalled that the committee two years ago had upgraded the Ear, Nose and Throat Department of the Lagos Island General Hospital, Odan, subsequently followed with the donation of Portable Otoread OAEs equipment to Badagry, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu and Gbagada General Hospital.

The objective according to her, was to enable early screening of newborns for possible hearing defects, to eradicate the worrisome menace, which comes with a network of consequences like delayed language development, academic under performance, social isolation and higher risk injuries among others.

The governor’s wife stressed that the incubator ambulance must be made available for use by other government hospitals.

In his address, the commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris, noted that the Ambode Administration had always promoted the use of appropriate modern technology for delivery of qualitative and affordable healthcare to the people.

According to him, ‘The donation of Transport Incubator Ambulance to two state general hospitals will help to reduce the neo-natal morbidity and mortality indices of the state significantly’.

Wife of Lagos State Governor/Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Medical Director, Gbagada General Hospital, Dr. Tayo Lawal; representative of Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. Tokunbo Oluwole; representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs) Olufunmi Taiwo and Commissioner IV, Health Service Commission, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi during the donation of Two Transport Incubator ambulance and Portable Otoread equipment to Four General Hospitals in the state by COWLSO as part of its annual Health Intervention Project for 2018, at the Gbagada General Hospital, on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018
Wife of Lagos State Governor/Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Medical Director, Gbagada General Hospital, Dr. Tayo Lawal; representative of Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. Tokunbo Oluwole; representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs) Olufunmi Taiwo and Commissioner IV, Health Service Commission, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi during the donation of Two Transport Incubator ambulance and Portable Otoread equipment to Four General Hospitals in the state by COWLSO as part of its annual Health Intervention Project for 2018, at the Gbagada General Hospital, on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018

He commended the committee for their continual intervention in the healthcare sector, stressing that it had impacted lives, given hope to the downtrodden, empowered women and protected the environment in the state.

The commissioner urged the lucky beneficiary hospitals, to make good and optimal use of the modern equipment, towards achieving the health objectives of the state government.

 The chairman of Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Bayo Aderiye, represented by Dr. Oluwole Tokunbo, copiously commended COWLSO for the series of health interventions over the years.

The medical directors of Gbagada General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity, Dr.  Tayo Lawal and Dr. Muyiwa Eniayewun, unanimously thanked COWLSO for the kind humanitarian gesture, noting that it had closed the gap of challenges in the health sector, as it affects children.

Continue To Preach Hope, Peace, Unity, Governor Ambode Urges Religious Leaders

Continue To Preach Hope, Peace, Unity, Governor Ambode Urges Religious Leaders

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday urged religious leaders to see the period as a time to continue to preach the message of hope, peace, unity, integrity and religious tolerance and intensify prayers for God’s intervention and restoration of hope in the future of Nigeria.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a special Independence Interdenominational Service, held at the headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos, said he was optimistic that the best of Nigeria and the State was yet to come, urging Nigerians to continue to pray, hope and work for a better future for all.

“My brothers and sisters in the Lord, at this auspicious period in the history of our nation, the Church and indeed everyone who believes in the efficacy of prayer have a responsibility and patriotic duty to pray for the wellbeing and progress of our nation. I believe strongly that the best of our nation and our State is yet to come. Let us continue to pray, hope and work for a better future,” he said.

He said that as the nation prepares to go to the polls next year, all hands must be on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good governance for all, just as he urged Nigerians to eschew all tendencies that may aggravate the challenges being experienced at the moment.

“As we celebrate our 58 years independence anniversary, I urge us to remain steadfast and continue to uphold those values that have been passed down from our heroes who sacrificed so much to liberate us from the yokes of colonial rule.

“Today’s occasion is also coming at a critical time in the history of our nation when all hands must be on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good governance for our people.   We must all get involved and work together to ensure that the potentials of this nation are fully realized for the benefit of everyone and future generations,” he said.

He specifically commended the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, for his dedication and commitment shown towards the propagation of Christianity and the service of God over the years, adding that he (Kumuyi) had continued to impact the lives of many globally through inspirational teaching of the Word of God.

Governor Ambode also lauded the contributions of the church in the State, saying that the Gbagada community has benefited immensely from their various corporate social responsibility projects initiated by the church.

“I congratulate the Deeper Life Bible Church on this magnificent edifice you have put up here. I was unable to join you for the formal opening but I am very happy to worship in this sanctuary today as we celebrate another anniversary of our Independence.

“As I congratulate you on this new Church building, I also thank you for the good works you have done in the Gbagada Community. Your holistic approach to religious activities has been demonstrated in your corporate social responsibility actions especially the construction of the Oduwole Bridge and a multi-level car park to ease traffic in this community.

“You have demonstrated that the Church can play a lot of roles in nation building. Beyond the spiritual role of praying for the Government, the Church can also partner with the Government to make our communities a better place,” the Governor said.

He said his administration, in furtherance to the efforts of the church, embarked on the construction of a network of six roads identified by the community development associations, including Aderemi Akeju Street, Okun Street, Femi Kuti Street, Brown Road, Adegbenro/Ganiyat Dawodu Street and Yetunde Brown Street.

Governor Ambode said the contract for the road, which was awarded in September 2017 was already 60 percent completed and is expected to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of 2019, while adding that adjoining road networks such as Diya Street and Ajayi Aina streets have been scheduled for rehabilitation to further enhance road connectivity within the axis.

“For us as government, we will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life more comfortable for our people,” he said.

Also speaking, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in his message titled ‘Coming of Age’, said Nigerians must come to the realisation that the destiny of the country was in their hands and as such must continue to make concerted efforts to promote values that unite rather than divide us.