Synergy between the Executive and the Judiciary has been described as a pivot for the success of any government.
This was the position of Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode at the opening of 2016/2017 Legal Year.
He urged members of the bar and the bench to come up with innovative reforms so that the Lagos State Judiciary would continue to retain its pride of place in Nigeria.
The governor who spoke during a church service to commemorate the beginning of the Legal Year, held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos restated his administration’s commitment to enthrone the rule of law and protect the less privileged.
He thanked the Judiciary for the support given to his administration in the last 16 months and enjoined the bench to continue to discharge its duties without fear or favour to ensure peace in the State.
Governor Ambode while acknowledging that the task of delivering justice to the citizenry was tough, however, expressed optimism that the judicial arm of government remained the last hope of the citizenry.
“Our administration is determined to enthrone the rule of law and protect the less privileged in our society and that is why we paid so much emphasis on the rule of law and judicial sector reforms and we strongly believe we can do this together. We are gathered here again today, just the same way we came last year to seek his protection and guidance I just want to urge all of you in the judicial sector that we should discharge our duties with the fear of God,” Governor Ambode said.
Provost of the Cathedral, Reverend Akinyemi Johnson, commended Governor Ambode for finding time to attend the event, while also alluding to the strides that the State had recorded since the Governor assumed office.
“We thank God for what we are currently experiencing in Lagos and the landmark achievements that the State has recorded and we are praying that many more beneficial and transforming landmarks would be recorded as the year succeeds another year,” Johnson said.
He also said that by the virtue of their profession, judges were fulfilling a divine mandate and as such must dispense justice without fear nor favour.