The Ondo State Government, under the leadership of the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has approved the construction of a new modern and beffiting High Court of Justice for the state, as part of its efforts to make the administration of justice smoother and better.

The Commissioner for information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the approval was part of the far-reaching decisions that were made at the State Executive Council meeting, presided over by the Governor on Monday.

Ojogo, who was flanked by the commissioner for Justice and Attorney – General of the state, Kola Olawoye, SAN, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titi Adeyemi and their counterpart in the Ministry of Lands, Fatai Olotu, said the council also decided to procure and distribute textbooks and instructional materials to the 304 secondary schools across the state.

He said:”As you are aware, we just rose from the state executive council meeting, where certain far-reaching decisions were taken as regards the desire of the current administration to move the state forward. Several issues were discussed, among them are issues that bother mostly on the welfare the people of the state.

“We also had a robust discussion as regards the need for the procurement and distribution of textbooks, instructional materials and teaching kits to 304 secondary schools in the state.”

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney – General, Olawoye explained the decision of the council on the plan to construct a modern and befitting High Court of Justice Complex in Alagbaka, Akure.

He said:”At the council meeting today, like it’s characteristics of our indefatigable and amiable governor, his administration has taken a giant stride to take justice to the doorstep of the common people

“The council has decided that a piece of land lying fallow for over 30 years at El-shaddai Church Alagbaka, Akure, which C-of-O was given to somebody to build a University, but nothing has come out up till now. And the C-of-O has been revoked

“Since 1989, the land has been there and many of these miscreants have been using it as hideout and the council has decided now that, that land, for overriding public interest, will be used for a construction of a modern and befitting High Court of Justice Complex and which will comprise a beffiting high Court complex with all the neccessary facilities to make the administration of justice smoother and to the joy of the common people of the sunshine state

“About now, apart from the area that has been used by the El-Shaddai Church, we have a chunk of about 17 hectares to be used for this purpose. Like you know that the high court complex along the new hospital road is choked up.

“Most of the facilities needed to make justice administration smoother and better delivered are absent. We have only about eight high Court buildings there. We don’t have enough space to park cars, we don’t have a modern High Court ceremonial center which can be used whenever we have events or ceremonies that attract judicial officers across the country or even overseas.”

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Mrs Adeyemi said as part of the efforts of the government to improve and empower women in the state, the Foundation for the Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees (FOWOSO) will be hosting its second summit on the 4th and 5th of December, 2019.

She said:”You will recall that two years ago, FOWOSO was launched and it has been impacting the lives of women and children giving them empowerment materials and making sure that women are contributing to the society. The second FOWOSO Summit is coming in December and it is going to be a summit full of activities.”