By Our Reporter
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured of extra support for the state judiciary, particularly within the areas of magistracy and welfare of judges.
He gave the peace of mind throughout a courtesy visit by the outgoing Chief Judge of the State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, on the Authorities House, in Benin Metropolis, the Edo State capital.
Justice Ikponmwen will retire from the state public service on November 22, 2019.
Obaseki stated his administration would work with the incoming Chief Judge in deepening funding within the state magistracy, which is the primary level of contact with the odd man.
He stated, “In the education sector, we are focusing on basic education; in the health sector, we are focusing on primary healthcare while in the judiciary, we want to focus on the magistracy, but we will not neglect other sectors of the judiciary.”
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The governor stated the welfare of judges stays a precedence for the state government noting, “What we now have began by way of welfare of judges could be additional sustained by the incoming Chief Judge.
“I will not want my judges to live in areas that are not properly secured. We want to build more residents for our judges in the Government Reserved Area (GRA).”
He expressed appreciation to the retiring Chief Judge for the support and sustaining cordial working relationship with the manager arm of government.
He stated his administration recorded elementary milestones working with the Chief Judge in revamping the state’s Excessive Court and strengthening the independence of the judiciary.
Obaseki added that true independence was past bodily independence, noting that the judiciary wanted to be impartial in all ramification.
Earlier, the outgoing Chief Judge of the state, stated she visited the governor to tell him of her exit from the state public service.
She counseled the governor for the support she has loved as Chief Judge, noting, “I want to thank you for all the support throughout my tenure since I assumed office as Chief Judge in January, 2017. I have enjoyed my public service life in Edo State, starting from the old Bendel State when I took up appointment in 1980 as a state counsel.”
Justice Ikponmwen stated the developmental strides of the Obaseki-led administration within the state judiciary since her assumption of workplace has been unprecedented, including, “You have worked hard to construct the roads within the court complex and I want you to extend the same hand of fellowship to my successor when the time comes.”
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