Ekiti: Fayemi swears in new Judge, reiterates commitment to rule of law, judicial reform

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday inaugurated  Mr Obafemi Fasanmi as a Judge of the State High Court, restating the commitment of his administration to  strengthen the judiciary and promote rule of law in the State.

Dr Fayemi, while performing the ceremony at the Conference Hall,  Governor’s office,
 Ado Ekiti, said his vision for the independence of the
judiciary remained  sacrosanct adding that the three arms of government are crucial to the effectiveness of the rule of law in
the state.

He explained that the good governance agenda of his administration had
the rule of law, respect for fundamental human rights and unhindered
access to justice embedded in it.

Speaking on law reform in the State, Dr Fayemi explained that his
administration in 2019 administered the Civil Justice Law, Ekiti State
Property Protection (Anti Land Grabbing) Law, and Prohibition of
Gender-Based Violence in response to the people’s desire for
efficiency in the justice system and to boost the growth and
development of the State economy.

The Governor said, “Since we came on board in this second term, we
have continued from where we signed off in 2014 with renewed vigour
and determination to achieve sustainable reforms in our justice
sector. In the area of law reform, we have enacted laws in response to
our people’s desire for speed and efficiency in the Justice system.

“The Administration of Civil Justice Law 2019 is a novel law that will
achieve these twin goals in the delivery of civil Justice. Aside from
law and justice, this legislation has enabled us to show our local and
international investors that Ekiti State is truly open for business.
It is our expectation that year 2020 will witness the implementation
of this law.

“Another law that is crucial to our economy growth is the Ekiti State
Property Protection(Anti Land Grabbing) Law 2019. We enacted this law
in response to increasing concerns of unwholesome practices in the
sale of landed properties in the State, specifically as it relates to
land. We simply must respond to the emerging culture of criminality in
the sale of land.

“We also enacted law to back out policy on zero tolerance for all
forms of violence against women with a comprehensive prohibition of
Gender-Based Violence. The law harmonises existing laws on the subject
matter into single plain language legislation that enables subject
matter appreciation, while at the same time clarifying appropriate
sanctions for sex offenders. We will be monitoring the effectiveness
of these legislations this year.”

The Governor who further advocated for the  representation of Ekiti
State in superior courts, said the State had eminently qualified
persons on the bench and in the private bar to represent the State in
the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Describing the appointment of the new Judge as thorough and
competitive, Dr Fayemi, charged the newly inducted Judge to share the
vision of his administration in providing a fair and equal access to
Justice regardless of gender, ethnic origin, economic status and other
social attributes.

He urged the judge to adhere strictly to the tenets of integrity and
impartiality to strengthen justice delivery in the State.

Dr Fayemi, also commended Justice Cornelius Akintayo who would be
retiring from the bench in few weeks time for his contribution to the
development of justice sector in the State.

Earlier the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola
welcomed the new Judge to the bench with a call on him, to see his
service to humanity as service to God.

Also, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State,
Mr Wale Fapohunda explained that the process that led to the selection
of the Judge was extensively deliberated by the State Judiciary
Service Commission and the National Judiciary Service Commission in
their series of deliberation found Mr Obafemi worthy of the
appointment.

In his remarks the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ado Ekiti
Chapter, Barrister Samuel Falade described Governor Fayemi as bar-
friendly governor with optimism that more judges would be appointed
before the expiration of the governor’s tenure.

Mr Obafemi Fasanmi was born on the 31st of January 1964 to the family
of Pa Ayo Fasanmi at Iye Ekiti on Ilejemeje Local Government and was
called to bar as the barrister solicitor of the Supreme Court of
Nigeria in 1986

Fasanmi served as the State Counsel to the Ondo State Government in
1988. He was appointed as the Deputy Registrar of Ekiti State
Judiciary on the 12th of January, 2010 and subsequently became the
Chief Registrar on the 15th of June, 2012 the position he occupied
until his appointment as the Judge of the State High Court.

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