Gov Sanwo-Olu inaugurates members of the Office of the Public Defender. Photo: Twitter.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sworn in members of the Governing Council, Office of the Public Defender, with a charge to ensure that the rights of every individual in the State are not only guaranteed but also vigorously defended.
The Office of the Public Defender (OPD), which was established in the year 2000 provides qualitative and free legal services to the indigent, less privileged and the vulnerable in Lagos State.
Addressing members of the Governing Council during the ceremony in Alausa Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu who re-emphasised his administration’s commitment to ensuring that every resident of the State has equal and unfettered access to justice irrespective of economic status, race, age or gender, urged them to be guided by justice in the discharge of their duties given the public stature of the OPD.
“On account of the dedication and hard work of its staff over the years, OPD has come to be recognised as an institution that embodies the enduring virtues of justice, fairness, and equality.
This newly inaugurated Governing Council has the responsibility of living up to the stellar reputation of the Office, and of taking it to even greater heights”, he said.
The OPD Governing Council is chaired by Mrs. Bola Tinubu with Mr. Ayo Olusanwo, Ms. Busola Akinbiyi, Ms. Olayinka Shittabey, Mr. Babajide Badmos and Dr. Babajide Martins as members.
Giving a vote of assurance, Mrs. Tinubu promised that they would discharge their duties with a high sense of purpose and professionalism.