The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill titled HB. No. 087/ OG/2022- The Ogun State Magistrates’ Court Law, 2022 at the Plenary presided overby the Speaker, Rt Hon Olakunle Oluomo.

The passage of the bill followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions by its Chairman, Hon. Solomon Osho, who thereafter moved the motion for its adoption, which was seconded by Hon. Kunle Sobukanla and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote after which the bill was later read and adopted Clause- by – Clause by the Committee of the whole House.

The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff , seconded by Hon. Ajayi Bolanle, while the Clerk of the House and Head of Legislative Service, Mr. ‘Deji Adeyemo, took the third reading of the bill before the Assemblymen.

Responding, the Speaker directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Governor Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Speaking to journalists after the passage of the bill, Hon.(Barr) Solomon Oluwaseyi Osho, the Chairman House Committee on Justice, Ethics & Public Petitions who is also the only Lawyer in the 9th Assembly hinted that the Bill is on the efficiency of Justice delivery in Ogun state, to relieve High Courts of some label or cadre of cases that will now be handled by Magistrates. 

“It is aimed at accommodating societal dynamics, global trends and international best practices, with a view to empowering the State Magistrate Courts to adjudicate on some relevant cases under their jurisdiction but which are currently being handled by the State High Courts.”

“It would also aid effectiveness and fasttrack justice dispensation; thereby strengthening justice dispensation in the State. It is also in line with the International standard of Ease of Doing Business, that would further boost the rank of our State in the comity of States in the federation, Hon Osho concluded.