Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said that the harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary has contributed to the rapid development of the state.
Ambode made the remark when Lagos Chief Judge, Olufunmilayo Atilade, led other Senior Judges and Magistrates in the state on a courtesy call to his office at Lagos House, Ikeja.
Atilade visited Ambode to officially notify the governor of her impending retirement as the Chief Judge on September 22.
“The cordial relationship between the Judiciary and the Executive arm of government has really put Lagos State on the pedestal of prosperity.
“It has been a fantastic relationship with you as the Chief Judge, especially in the areas of security and judicial sector reforms.
“We have achieved so much together in these areas as there has been peaceful coexistence among residents.
“We have also increased the number of judges and magistrates for effective judicial functions in the last two years of my administration as governor.
“I commend the Judiciary under your tenure.
“You have been totally confident and independent in your operations and it has continued to make the state a pacesetter in terms of how the Judiciary should operate,’’ Ambode said.
The governor promised to improve welfare packages for retired judges in the state, saying that they could still contribute their experience and expertise to the service of the state.
“I promise that the welfare of retired Judges will be improved.
“They can still be called upon to serve the state and continue to contribute their wealth of experience and expertise for the state’s development.
“I appeal for continuity in the Judiciary. Reforms in the Judicial sector is continuous and the government is committed to boosting the capacity of the state Judiciary,’’ he said.
Atilade thanked Ambode for his commitment to improving the operations of the Judiciary in the state during her tenure as Chief Judge.
She also appealed for an increment in the running cost of the Judiciary for efficiency.
Atilade said she spent 15 years at the lower bench as a Magistrate and 21 years as a Judge of the high court, adding that she assumed the position of the Chief Judge of the state three years ago.
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