Lagos - Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday restated his commitment to partner with the judiciary in reforming the justice delivery system of the state.
Ambode made the pledge during a special service to mark the commencement of the 2015/2016 Legal Year of the Lagos State Judiciary at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
He said: "I consider it a duty to be here. I believe strongly that this is a new beginning. I just want to reiterate my commitment to support the judiciary.
"I want to say that we are both partners in the security and judicial sector reforms. You remain the most veritable instrument for the growth of the economy of Lagos.
"I believe strongly that everything that we have prayed for here, will be very fruitful and a productive year for all of us.
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"With the support of God and the prayers of the church, I believe strongly that we will all succeed in our chosen duties.’’
In his sermon, Rt. Rev. B.J. Adeyemi, the Bishop of Badagry Diocese, Anglican Communion, enjoined judges to spearhead the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
"The judiciary as the third arm of government has a great role to play in the fight against corruption in this country and to fight corruption, judges must be incorruptible.
"You are the chosen vessel to liberate this country from vices, including corruption and you have a choice between serving God and yourselves,’’ Adeyemi said.
He enjoined the judges not to misuse their powers but to be fearless in the discharge of their responsibilities.
"You are not who you are by accident. It is by God’s design and for a purpose which is to do the will of God and not your own will.
"The purpose of your existence is to glorify God by making the world a better place through service to humanity,’’ the cleric said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the service was attended by eminent judges and legal practitioners as well as traditional rulers.