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Governor AbdulRazaq Restates Support For Judiciary



Governor AbdulRazaq Restates Support For Judiciary

Without prejudice to the fact that every system is a work in progress, your commitment has helped to strengthen public confidence

Ilorin, Kwara State– Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to providing unwavering support for the judiciary.

The governor made this commitment during a ceremony marking the commencement of the 2024 Legal Year in Kwara State, the state capital.

AbdulRazaq commended the judiciary for its unwavering commitment to the fair dispensation of justice. He extended congratulations to all branches of the State Judiciary as they commenced the 2023/2024 legal year, emphasizing the significance of the event for both the legal community and the broader society.

The governor affirmed that the rehabilitation of courtrooms, along with other initiatives of the administration, will persist in the new year within the constraints of the budget.

“Our administration will continue to partner with the judiciary to sustain the rule of law, public order, and safety. Along with some other supports that ease the dispensation of justice, I assure you that infrastructural development in the justice sector, including rehabilitation of courtrooms that we have started, will continue within budgetary allowances in the new year.

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“On this day and always, we value your partnership and the alliances that continue to sustain law and order as we mobilise resources for sustainable development and improved wellbeing of the people.

“Without prejudice to the fact that every system is a work in progress, your commitment has helped to strengthen public confidence in the court and reinforce the ideal of the courts as the last hope of the common man. This has profound consequences for law and order, and public safety,” AbdulRazaq added.

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The attorney-general and commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Sulayman, said the administration is committed at all times to the rule of law, which he said is fundamental to justice.

The state’s chief judge, Justice Abiodun Adebara, applauded AbdulRazaq for his investment in court infrastructure, welfare of judicial staff as well as strengthening of its manpower to achieve a smoother, quicker and more efficient administration of justice.

“Soon after his assumption of duty as Governor of Kwara State, he appointed five new High Court Judges in 2020. In the year 2023, he had equally given his approval for the appointment of six additional High Court Judges in the state. This represents the highest so far at a time in the state. The appointment exercise is ongoing before the National Judicial Council, and I believe that our judicial-friendly Governor will do all that is necessary for the complete actualization of this appointment.

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“When this is done, for the first time in the history of the state, it will bring the number of High Court Judges in the state to an all-time high number of 24.

“Coming to the infrastructural development, during the year under review, His Excellency gave approval and released funds for the complete renovation and rehabilitation of the High Court building in Offa Judicial Division. Since the Court was built many years ago, this will be the first effort at renovating and rehabilitating the said Court,” he said.

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