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Ambode declares 2015/2016 Legal Year open; Reiterates commitment to legal reforms

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (right) and other Judges in the State, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (right) and other Judges in the State, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Monday, reiterated his commitment to carry out legal reforms in the state, just as he assured that his administration will continue to lend support to the development, enthronement and quick dispensation of justice.

The Governor, who spoke during a church service to commemorate the beginning of 2015/2016 Legal Year held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, said the synergy of the Executive and the Judicial arm of government is key to the success of any administration, just as he assured of his continuous support for the legal profession.

“I sincerely congratulate you on the beginning of another legal year. Let me say both the Executive and the Judiciary are partners in progress and I wish to restate my commitment to always support the Judiciary”, he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (2nd left), Diocesan Bishop of Lagos & Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Dr. Adebola Ademowo (left) and Lord Bishop of Badagry, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Adeyemi, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (2nd left), Diocesan Bishop of Lagos & Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Dr. Adebola Ademowo (left) and Lord Bishop of Badagry, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Adeyemi, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

The Governor also expressed appreciation to the church for continuously praying for the success of his administration, urging them not to relent as his administration would not let them down.

Earlier, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Dr. Adebola Ademowo, who acknowledged the Governor as the first Executive Governor to grace the programme commemorating the beginning of a new legal year since inception.

He referred to him as indefatigable, resolute, listening, God fearing and people-oriented governor urging him not to relent in his efforts to move the state forward.

: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

He also prayed for peace in the state, expressing optimism that the state will witness development in the next four years.

Among those present at the service include the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, eminent members of the bar and bench, among others.

Highlights of the event include prayers for Governor Ambode, the state, the country and the judiciary.

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