Badagry, Lagos State, on Thursday got a new six-room court complex with provision for both magistrate and High Courts as the state government restated its commitment to the rule of law and social justice.
Inaugurating the complex — named Olusola Thomas Court House after a former Chief Judge of the state — Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode said it was important for the area, with increasing social and economic activities anticipated there.
He said that prior to the construction of the facility, only two courts – one for Magistrates and other a High Court – served the entire Badagry, including residents from the Benin Republic border communities up to Okokomaiko.
“The ongoing transformation of Badagry through infrastructural renewal and development is meant to open up this part for investors who will take advantage of the multi million oil exploration activity and Deep Sea Port Project, among others.
“As the prospect and prosperity begin to manifest, Badagry will continue to experience influx of people who will engage in different types of economic activities as well as make it a place of residence.
“The resultant increase in social and economic activities will naturally lead to a corresponding increase in dispute which will require an efficient justice system to resolve as quickly as possible,” he said.
Ambode said that the court had been equipped with modern facilities for the comfort of not only judges and magistrates but also lawyers and litigants.
“The court has been designed to ensure the welfare and security of personnel and members of the public who have cause to be in the chambers of justice with the installation of CCTV surveillance cameras and monitors within the various courtrooms and the entire vicinity of this complex.
“There is a well-equipped library, exhibit room and conference room facilities for the continued training and retraining of justice personnel assigned to this complex.
“This facility is also equipped with administrative offices that will service the six courtrooms and also accommodate the Office of Public Defender (OPD) which will continue to provide legal services and advice to the vulnerable,” he said.
Ambode gave assurance that the government would rehabilitate the roads leading to Badagry soon.
“We have already concluded the contract that takes the road from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko, which is ongoing.
“So, we are just looking to close the next transaction that takes that 10-lane road from Okokomaiko to Seme Border,” he said.
In her remarks, the state Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke commended Ambode’s commitment toward delivering prompt and efficient service delivery.
Oke expressed delight that the governor was in the process of erecting official quarters for judges and magistrates in Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry judicial divisions, in addition to establishing commercial courthouse. (NAN)