Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has approved the payment of arrears of salaries for retired judges in the state.
Spokesperson to the Governor, Olawale Rasheed announced this in a statement, while apologising for the alleged neglect by previous administrations
The state government also stated its readiness to partner with and provide maximum support to both serving and retired judges.
The statement read, “I am not just committed to clearing such inherited salary matters, I am also working to provide requisite logistic support for serving judicial officers. The judiciary must be provided with the tools for efficient justice administration and adjudication.”
Adeleke promised to prioritize the well-being of the judicial officers, urging the bar and the bench to remain focused and undistracted by agents of destabilization.
He warned against the spreading of fake news on social media, stressing that his administration has not attempted to gag the judiciary.
He addressed recent sponsored social media publications insinuating a strained relationship between the current administration and the state’s judiciary, saying, “The present Administration in Osun State has as its number one priority workers’ welfare, how much more the welfare of the judicial officers of the State, whether serving or retired.”
He clarified that his administration is actively addressing financial obligations owed to judicial officers, both serving and retired, affirming the commitment to an improved condition of service for judicial officers.
The governor said, “Our commitment is to an improved condition of service for our judicial officers so that none of our serving judicial officers will have to work without the necessary incentives to enhance their performance, and none of our retired judicial officers should live in hassle and pains.”