Kwara govt presents 12 new Jeeps to judges

The Kwara State Government has taken a significant step in ensuring the welfare of judges at the state High Court, with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq presenting 11 top-of-the-range Toyota Fortuner Jeeps to the judges.

The Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara, also received a 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser for his office, highlighting the administration’s commitment to enhancing the comfort of judges in their service to the state and the nation.

During the official presentation of the vehicles at the State High Court in Ilorin, Hon. Chief Judge Abiodun Adebara revealed that earlier in February 2024, five Toyota Fortuner Jeeps were assigned to five High Court Judges from the funds allocated by the state government in the 2023 Budget.

The Chief Judge further disclosed that five new Toyota Fortuner Jeeps, acquired under the 2024 approved budget, were to be allocated to five more judges of the state High Court on April 30, 2024.

“In addition, this morning, His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq provided another seven Toyota vehicles to the judiciary. Six of these are designated for the six new judges to be appointed,” Justice Adebara announced.

He explained that purchasing a brand new vehicle is a prerequisite for the appointment of a new judge, as mandated by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

“I sincerely thank His Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq CON, for his supportive stance towards the judiciary of Kwara State. He has been promptly responding to our requests in a positive manner,” Justice Adebara expressed.

The Chief Judge highlighted that the last time judges received vehicles from the government was eight years ago, aside from those appointed in 2020, commending AbdulRazaq for prioritizing the needs of the state judiciary.

“It has been eight years since these judges received vehicles from the government. Considering the age of those vehicles, their efficiency would have greatly diminished. Some of our judges are stationed outside Ilorin, so having these vehicles will enhance our efficiency and uphold the dignity of the judiciary,” Justice Adebara remarked.

He commended says “I thank God and appreciate the governor for recognizing the importance of addressing this crucial need of the judiciary amidst other competing demands in the state. We are deeply grateful, and I trust that soon, all judges will have their own vehicles.”

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