Osinbajo, Agunbiade bag Lagos Judiciary awards
Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibajo, has once again urged the judiciary to stand for truth and justice at all times. He made the call last weekend in his acceptance speech at an award dinner held as part of activities to mark the opening of the 2016/2017 Legal year of the Lagos State Judiciary.
The event, which was held at the banquet hall of the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, saw Osibajo and the Majority leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Sanai Bolanle Agunbiade, being honored with awards of excellence in recognition and appreciation of their individual contribution to the judicial process in the state.
According to the the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, the two awardees, both legal practitioners, have helped tremendously in various capacities, to promote and advance the cause of the legal and judicial sectors of the state. She expressed the heartfelt appreciation of the Lagos State Judiciary to Osinbajo and Agunbiade.
“The Vice President has always been keenly interested in the cause of justice as a legal practitioner and as a public office holder. His contribution to the growth of the Judiciary in Lagos cannot be brushed aside. On his part, Hon. Agunbiade, who is the first legislator to be so honored by the Judiciary here in Lagos, has made remarkable contribution to the Judiciary as a lawyer and as a legislator,” she said.
The Vice President, who was represented by former Attorney-General of the state, Ade Ipaye, thanked the leadership of the Judiciary and vowed to continue to support the cause of justice anywhere in the country. According to him, justice must not only be done, it must be seen and perceived by all, as actually done.
Speaking after he was presented with the prestigious award, Hon. Agunbiade thanked the leadership of the Judiciary for finding him worthy of the recognition. He expressed happiness that his effort as a lawmaker representing the good people of Ikorodu is being appreciated within and outside the state.
According to him, the award is a further call on him not to rest on his oars in the pursuit of legislations that will impact positively on the lives of the people of Lagos State. “We cannot afford to be contented yet. There is still so much to be done as we strive to make life more worth living for our people. I thank you for this award and I promise to do more,” he said.
The Ikorodu-born lawmaker also thanked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for providing the enabling environment for the State House of Assembly to function effectively. “Here in Lagos, we have a Governor that is willing tom allow the legislature to doom its job and do it well. I am sure the Judiciary will say the same thing of him. We must give him credit for the enabling environment which made the many successes we recorded possible,” he said.
Dignitaries at the event include the Attorney-General of Lagos State, , who represented the Governor, former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayotunde Ayomide Phillips, ex-Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Funmi Tejuosho, amongst others.