Gov. Obaseki Swears In Five New Judges in Edo

Unravels achievements in Judiciary.
Governor Obaseki of Edo State
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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State recently swore in five new judges to the bench of the Edo State High Court, stressing his dedication to strengthening the state's judiciary. He highlighted several initiatives undertaken to achieve this goal.

Addressing the appointed judges on Friday,  Obaseki said one of the key reforms is the signing of the judicial autonomy bill, making Edo a leader in judicial independence. While challenges remain, the governor expressed his dedication to ongoing collaboration with the judiciary for smooth implementation.

Additionally, Governor Obaseki pointed to infrastructural upgrades, including new courtrooms and judges' quarters. These efforts are part of a five-year development plan that prioritises judicial infrastructure.

It was alleged that the state's investment in digital infrastructure, including a vast fibre optic network, is being extended to the judiciary. This will enhance efficiency and modernise court operations.

Governor Obaseki acknowledged concerns regarding the selection process for the new judges. He disclosed that some nominations faced petitions, prompting a careful review to ensure the best choices for the judiciary.

He also mentioned ongoing communication with the National Judicial Council (NJC) regarding these petitions and expressed the state's dedication to following their decisions.

The governor also congratulated the new judges, noting their extended retirement age. He wished them success and emphasised the importance of upholding justice in all cases.

Osayende Ikwuemosi Awawu, while speaking for the new judges, pledged their commitment to fulfilling their duties with the utmost competence.

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