Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has sworn in the newly confirmed Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Iyabo Yerima.
InsideOyo gathered that the swearing in took place on Tuesday at the Governor’s Office, Oyo government secretariat, Ibadan.
The governor, who performed the swearing-in at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that his administration will continue to support the judiciary by prioritising the welfare of its members.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Makinde further explained that his administration will give Justice Yerima the support needed to carry out her duties diligently.
It will be recalled that Justice Yerima was confirmed as acting Chief Judge by the Oyo State by the State’s House of Assembly on April 12, 2023, following the retirement of the immediate past Chief Judge, Justice Muntar Abimbola.
Governor Makinde indicated that his administration will soon complete the rehabilitation of the High Court complex at Ring Road, Ibadan and the Magistrate Court at Iyaganku.
In her acceptance message, the newly sworn-in Chief judge appreciated the state governor for appointing her, pledging to dispense worthwhile justice for a sustained development of the state.
She explained that the judiciary has enjoyed maximum cooperation and support under Makinde’s administration, particularly for his commitment and passion for the arm of government.
She disclosed that the state judiciary is currently undergoing some major infrastructural development at different courts, while appealing for more support that will enable accelerated completion of the projects.
She also disclosed that the state High court in Ogbomoso will be completed and ready for commissioning before May 29, the day the governor’s second term will kick off.
Two weeks ago, the Oyo State House of Assembly confirmed the nomination of Justice Yerima as the substantive Chief Judge of the state.
Yerima had been in an acting capacity since 16th January 2023 when Justice Muntar Abimbola retired.