The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, will swear in on Monday, Justice Opeyemi Oke as the Acting Chief Judge of the state.
Justice Oke will be sworn in to replace the current Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, who will retire on September 24 at the statutory retirement age of 65.
The Chief Press Secretary to Ambode, Mr. Habib Aruna, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
Justice Atilade had, on Monday, paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Lagos House to officially announce her retirement from the state’s judiciary.
Speaking while receiving her, the governor pledged his administration’s determination to prioritize the welfare of serving and retired judges in the state so as to enable them to continue to give their very best to the economic prosperity of the state.
Ambode said since May 2015, concerted efforts had been put in place to make for reforms in the judiciary to enable members to improve on their service delivery, noting that the Lagos State judiciary had become a reference point of how the judiciary should be run.
The governor said, “Reform 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 to back for the efforts they have made.”