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Aiyedatiwa signs Amendment Bill to increase number of Judges

By Adedotun Ajayi

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Thursday signed into law the amendment bill to increase the number of judges in the state’s judiciary.

This marked the first bill signed by Governor Aiyedatiwa since his assumption of office as the 7th Executive Governor of the state.

The signing ceremony, held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Akure was attended by top government functionaries including the judicial officers led by the state Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, lawmakers and other key stakeholders.

In his address, Governor Aiyedatiwa highlighted the importance of the amendment, which increases the number of judges by 11, bringing the total to 35.

“Today, we make history with the signing into law this Amendment Bill. This marks a significant milestone in the annals of our great State. For the first time ever, since the creation of our State, we are increasing the number of judges in our Judiciary by 11.

” This invariably brings the total number of Judges in the Ondo State Judiciary to 35. It is indeed a momentous occasion that demonstrates our unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and the Rule of Law,” he said.

Governor Aiyedatiwa reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to supporting the judiciary, including the recent approval and mobilization for the construction of a new ultra-modern judiciary complex and ongoing training for judges both locally and internationally.

In his welcome address, Justice Olusegun Odusola, the Chief Judge of the State, stated that the signing into law of the amendment bill is a testament to the Governor’s commitment to enhancing the efficiency of court matters. He mentioned that the increase will help reduce the workload of the current judges. Additionally, he expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for their attention to the bill.

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Also, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Chief Olamide Oladiji, remarked that in accordance with the legislative authority of the House, the House Committee meticulously reviewed and deliberated on the amendment bill. He praised the committee for their comprehensive and diligent efforts, which ultimately led to the successful passage of the bill into law.

In attendance are the Deputy governor, Dr Olayide Adelami, the Secretary to the State Government, Tayo Oluwatuyi, Chief of staff, Prince Segun Omojuwa, Chief Judge of Ondo state, Olusegun Odusola, President of customary court of appeal, Justice Eunice Alade, speaker ondo state house of assembly, Rt Hon Speaker, Hon Olamide Oladiji and members of the state executive council.

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