Edo State Gov. Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to support to the Justice Esohe Ikponmwen Scholarship Programme N25 million to train Female Lawyers in the state.
He made the pledge at the 1st Public Lecture of the Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University, held on Saturday at the institution’s campus in Benin.
The Lecture titled “The Art and Essentials of Judgement Writing: A Critical Appraisal of the Judgement of Pontius Pilate” was delivered by the Chief Judge of Edo, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen.
Speaking at the occasion, the governor mandated the Board of Trustees of Ikponmwen Foundation to come up with plans on how the female beneficiaries would be selected and the higher institutions they would attend.
The governor described Justice Ikponmwen as “a prolific Lawyer whose tenure was helping to stabilise the policies of the state,” adding, “we appreciate the strides you have made and the aura you have brought to the state judicial system.”
Speaking further, he said his administration recognised the importance and value of the state judicial system, revealing that the state’s 2019 budget for judiciary would include improving welfare packages for judges.
He said: “We are working to complete the new High Court Complex and will refurbish our magistrates’ courts. The 2019 budget will appropriate for the building of befitting accommodation for retired and serving judges, review of health insurance packages for judges, among other packages.”
Delivering the Lecture, Ikponmwen expressed the view that the record and trial in the case of Jesus Christ demonstrated apparent perversity and cross injustice from a case actuated by malice and bad blood.
“It was a desperate situation which was a travesty of justice which needed to be overturned and of course this was done, after Jesus Christ cried to His Father from the cross of Calvary,” she said.
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