(The Lagos State Government) -- Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Tuesday commissioned the newly built combined High and Magistrate Courts in Epe, saying that the project is a fulfillment of part of the process to bring judicial access to the people in the area.
Speaking at the court complex, named after a former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Ligali Ayorinde, Governor Fashola stated that with the commissioning, dispensation of justice in a most efficient and conducive manner is now guaranteed in Epe as cost of travel out of town for such has now been greatly reduced.
He further stated that the court complex would ensure maintenance of law and order in the area, explaining that without access to justice through the courts, breakdown of law and order becomes a real possibility.
On the decision to name the Court complex after Hon. Ligali Ayorinde, the Governor explained that it has become the tradition of the current administration to honour those who had served the State and Nigeria conscientiously to make our endeavours of today possible.
Earlier, the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Funmilayo Atilade, said the successful completion of the structure is another great achievement of the present administration to ensure greater access to justice and ensure speedy administration of justice.
She emphasized that the complex will not only enhance prompt and efficient justice delivery, but also assists in prison decongestion.
On his part, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaiye, said that with the growing pace of interpersonal, commercial and contractual relationships in Epe, it is essential that matters of law and order be given priority consideration.
He disclosed that with the commissioning and handing over of the complex, the challenges of quick dispensation of justice will be met, adding that Epe is now ready to take on the task of ensuring that the orderliness, peace and tranquility which the area is known for remains, even as industrialization and modernization arrives on a large scale.
Ipaye disclosed that the ultra modern court complex was conceived in 2008 as part of the State Government's Law and Order programmes.