Fashola Commissions Courts Complex In Ikorodu
…Says event signposts a broadening of pathway for access to justice for the people
Sep 26, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday commissioned the combined High/ Magistrate Courts in Ikorodu, which he renamed in honour of the third indigenous Chief Judge of Lagos, Ademola Candide- Johnson, declaring that the event signposts a process that broadens the pathway for access to justice for the people.
The Governor who spoke at the Court complex in Ikorodu Town said for anyone who understands that democracy without the platform of rule of law and law and order means nothing, the significance of the new courts would be understood.
Governor Fashola who acknowledged that the visit which was his second to Ikorodu in one month to hand over another completed project which represents another promise fulfilled, stressed that the possibility of a denial of access to justice is further made more unlikely today by the opening of the Courts Complex.
"Our constitution and democracy guarantees certain rights and freedoms but none of them are absolute and indeed I have not come across any that is free. This is because from time to time, citizens rights are threatened by the action of other citizens, organizations and even actions of government and her agencies and very often this threats to rights and sometimes infractions of those rights do not arise out of any wicked intent by those who threaten them, they are the consequence of the natural order of human survival, conflicts and conflicts resolution", he said.
Continuing, Governor Fashola explained that the location of such facilities like the Courts Complex has a key role to play in maintaining law and order in the society. "Without access to justice through the courts, the breakdown of law and order becomes a real possibility. When access to justice therefore is distant, difficult or expensive, it seems that the temptation for self help becomes real and the disruption of public order and the breach of law constitutes a danger to all and sundry," he noted.
According to the Governor, the enumerated hurdles do not exist in Lagos because justice in a most efficient and conducive manner is now a grassroots matter in Ikorodu as the need to travel to Ikeja has now been greatly reduced in addition to the cost and inconvenience.
He expressed appreciation to the State House of Assembly for the role it has played as a partner in progress with the State Government and the Judiciary in ensuring that the pathways for access to justice are widened.
"I am also delighted that this has happened in the week when our forward looking Chief Judge has embraced electronic filing processes in our judiciary as another contributory measure to opening and deepening the pathway of access to justice for our people", said.
In renaming the Court complex after Late Hon. Justice Ademola Candide- Johnon, Governor Fashola said it has become the tradition of the present administration to honour those who have served conscientiously and whose labour of yesterday has made endeavours of today possible.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Judge, Hon Justice Ayotunde. A. Philips said the successful completion of the structure underscores the determination of the present administration in Lagos State to reposition the Judiciary towards ensuring speedy administration of justice.
She commended the State Governor for the level of cooperation he has extended to the Judiciary especially in providing the conducive atmosphere for judges to perform their duties and expressed optimism that all of such projects that are still undergoing construction should be completed before the end of the 2013 legal year.
In his address, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Ade Ipaiye who was represented by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN) said it is the cardinal believe of the present administration that no citizen must be prevented from accessing the justice system on account of his geographical location.
"It is also our belief that injustice to any single Lagosian which is not redressed is injustice to all of us. Therefore, the State mega city status will be dented if a section of our state is still unable to approach the courts because of the fact that the court is not available within their immediate locality", he added.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson, the Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on the Judiciary, Hon.S.O.Agunbiade, Judges and Magistrates in the State Judiciary as well as members of the Ikorodu community.
The tape of the new court complex was later cut by the widow of the third indigenous Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ademola Candide- Johnson, Mrs Muriel Candide-Johnson while being assisted by the State Governor, Mr Bababtunde Fashola (SAN) the Chief Judge and other judges.