Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has pledged N25 million to the Justice Esohe Ikponmwen Scholarship Programme to train Female Lawyers in the state.
Obaseki stated this at the 1st Public Lecture of the Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University, held on the institution’s campus in Benin on Saturday.
The Lecture was entitled ” The Art and Essentials of Judgement Writing : A Critical Appraisal of the Judgement of Pontius Pilate and delivered by the Chief Judge of Edo, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen.
The governor charged the Board of Trustees of Ikponmwen Foundation to come up with modalities on how the female beneficiaries would be selected and the higher institutions they would attend.
He described Justice Ikponmwen as a prolific Lawyer whose tenure was helping to stabilise the policies of the state.
“We appreciated the strides you have made and the aura you have brought to the state judicial system.”
Obaseki said his administration placed high premium on the state judicial system, disclosing that the state’s 2019 budget for judiciary would include improving welfare packages for judges.
“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,” he said.
Delivering the Public Lecture, Ikponmwen said in her view, 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.