Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is scheduled to swear-in Justice Opeyemi Oke as the Acting Chief Judge of the State on Monday.
Justice Oke is the most senior judge of the State Judiciary.
By age-long tradition in the judiciary, the most senior judge takes over when the incumbent bows out of office in acting capacity pending when the National Judicial Council would recommend the name of such judge to the chief executive officer of the state for appointment.
Oke is therefore taking over in an acting capacity following the retirement of Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade who will attain the statutory retirement age tomorrow, September 24, 2017.
Justice Atilade on Monday paid a visit to the Governor at Lagos House to officially announce her retirement from the State’s judiciary.
Receiving the outgoing CJ, Governor Ambode pledged his administration’s determination to prioritize the welfare of serving and retired judges in the State to enable them continue to give their very best to the economic prosperity of the State.
He said that over the last two years, concerted efforts have been put in place geared towards reforms in the judiciary to improve on their service delivery, noting that the Lagos State Judiciary had become a reference point of how the judiciary should run.
“Reforms in the judiciary is a continuous thing and in areas, in which we have not done utmost well as you so much envisioned, we would improve on them and we would also ensure that we make life comfortable for our retired judges as you move into that club. I am very particular about the welfare of judges, that is a very sacred institution that we must continue to ensure that even in retirement there is so much for them to look back for the efforts they have made,” Governor Ambode said.