Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has described the retired and former Chief Judge of the State, Justice Henry Adebola Olusuyi as a complete jurist who does not sit back on the bench but also engaged in humanitarian services.
The Governor made this known on Monday at a special court valedictory session held in honour of the former Chief Judge upon retirement from the bench after attaining the constitutional retirement age for Judges.
Governor Bello who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja eulogized Justice Olusuyi as one who belonged to a rare species of Judges who was worthy in learning and conduct.
He noted that in his six months at the helms of the judicial arm of the government, Justice Olusuyi added value to the Justice system of the state and ensured a smooth working relationship with the other arms of government.
The Governor noted that Kogi State was blessed to have such a judge of great repute within and outside the state whose antecedents was worthy of appraisal as a thorough breed jurist, one who balanced the wheel of justice with reference to the cases he handled in the course of duty.
Governor Bello admonished the retired Chief Justice to retire from work not life while expressing the confidence that the legal luminary would continue to serve humanity in his new capacity.
The Governor used the occasion to hint on the state government’s plan to repel the law that provided for out of pocket retirement benefits for former Governors, Deputy Governors and Speakers noting that such benefits were not favorable to the masses which they served.
He opined that there were dedicated civil servants who retired after 35 years of service and after many years have not received their benefits due to unavailable fund while executive and legislative office holders who mostly served 8 years get huge amounts and other utilities as retirement benefits.
Governor Bello suggested that the call to service of the people demanded sacrifice from those involved and as such governance should place topmost priority on those they were meant to Serve and not themselves.
He noted that the current economic realities and circumstances were far from ideal and government at all levels must drastically reduced its cost of running so as to ensure that the meagerly available resources was used to provide maximum democratic benefits to the people who they were privileged to Serve.
While urging a continued synergy between the arms of government so as to ensure roboust democratic practices he noted that his administration would continue to provide the necessary motivation for the judicial arm within its means.