Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, last Friday celebrated the new year with the less privileged in the society. Justice Atilade said that the visit was an annual prerequisite of her administration and in the spirit of the festive season.
She visited the Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin, Regina Mundi Holy Family Home for the elderly and Modupe Memorial Child Care and Treatment Home, Yaba.
She was accompanied by some judges in the family court division including Justice Yetunde Idowu, Justice Iyabo Kasali, Justice Morenike Obadina, the Chief Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Ogundare, Magistrates and Principal Officers of the State Judiciary.
Speaking during her visit, she noted that the less privileged and the elderly require care, love and warmth and that her visit was an assurance that they are not alone and that she was ready to assist in making their dreams a reality.
At the Bethesda Home for the Blind, President of the blind students association in the home, Mr. Emmanuel Ikpeamaeze told the Chief Judge that she had brought smiles and joy to their faces and a demonstration that they matter a lot to the society despite their disability. Speaking further, he listed some of their challenges which included funding as some of them were students of higher institutions. He further affirmed that the home is being threatened by a suit in court by a one-time Local Government Chairman, adding that at different times, Police had come to chase them out of the school. He therefore urged her to convey their challenges to the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to come help alleviate their sufferings.
The Chief Judge later visited the Regina Mundi Home for the elderly and the Modupe Cole Memorial Treatment Centre. Justice Atilade donated food items on behalf of the State Judiciary to these homes and promised to look into all their challenges.
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