By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: Following the nomination of Honourable Justice Mobolaji Ojo as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Ogun State by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the nominee on Monday January 6, 2020 appeared before the state lawmakers led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, for screening, with an assurance that he would put in place initiatives aimed at repositioning and preserving the Customary laws which he described as the identity of the people if confirmed.
Justice Ojo noted that the legal system being the closest to the people, remained the fundamental part of the people’s culture, which would be redefined to further improve and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the State for the upcoming generations.
Reeling out his profile, the nominee, who hails from Ilaro, headquarters of Ogun West, bagged Bachelor of Laws from University of Lagos in 1983, called to the Bar in 1984 and proceeded to University of Lagos to obtain his Masters of Law (LLM) in 1998.
He was elevated to the High Court bench and sworn in as Judge of the State High Court in October, 2000, and subsequently served as Presiding/Administrative Judge in the High Court of Justice in Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Igbo, Ota and Abeokuta judicial divisions.
Also, the State Assembly screened another Commissionership nominee, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, an Investment/Financial Controls and Accounting expert, who disclosed that the State remained an entity with rich potentials that could be harnessed for more economic growth and developmentt opportunities for the benefit of the people.
Longe, a native of Abeokuta South, bagged Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Lagos, she later became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1986.
The screening of Mrs. Longe on Monday January 6, 3020 brings to 19, the total number of Commissioner nominees so far screened by the 9th Assembly, out of which 18 had been confirmed by the Assembly to be appointed as Commissioner in the State.