Legal Luminary Profile: Justice B. A Adejumo OFR

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Hon. Justice B.A Adejumo OFR

Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR, MCIARB, GFISMN, CFAIR, FCIARB, FNILS is a native of Ikaramu-Akoko Ondo State, born on October 1, 1954. He attended the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife Osun State and obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 1985. He was called to the Nigerian Bar and subsequently enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1986. Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR started his career as a legal practitioner in the Law Firm of J. Osuolale Ojo & Co from October 17, 1986 to January 1992.

In January 1992, His Lordship was elected as a Parliamentarian into the House of Assembly of the Old Ondo State where he was till November 1993. As a lawmaker, His Lordship was productive, courageous, prolific and selfless. He defended the collective interest of the people with rare passion and uncommon competency. It is little wonder then that Honourable Babatunde Adejumo (as he then was), emerged as the Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions and promoted the interest of the Ondo State Judiciary using his good offices as the Chairman House Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions.

As a lawmaker, his contributions to issues bordering on strengthening of democracy and humanity were always interesting, deeply original, incisive, thoughtful, imaginative and illuminating. As a team worker and distinguish honorable member works along with his colleagues relentlessly to make sure that Ondo State was included among the oil producing States of Nigeria.

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Hon. Justice B.A. Adejumo, OFR as a lawmaker had the singular honour of moving the motion for the approval of speaking of Ebgeri language in the State’s own radio and television stations. This marked him out as a quintessential unifying figure.

Upon the termination of civil rule in 1993, Hon. Justice Adejumo, OFR served as a Chief Magistrate from 1993 – 1995 at the Ikere Magisterial District in the old Ondo State. On December 21, 1995, he was appointed a Deputy Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He held this position till 1998. As the Deputy Chief Registrar, Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR had the honour of serving as the Secretary, Advisory Judicial Committee as well as Secretary to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee from 1995– 1998. Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR was appointed as a Judge in the Ondo State Judiciary on November 5, 1998.

My Lord, Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR was appointed the President of the National Industrial Court on the 14th of April, 2003 and sworn in on May 5, 2003. This is the position he occupies till date.

National Industrial Court of Nigeria has witnessed mighty turn around through a combination of dynamic vision, hardwork, foresight, forthrightness, integrity, honesty of purpose and confidence-inspiring leadership style of My Lord, Hon. Justice Adejumo, OFR.

Prior to his resumption as the President of the Court, its staff strength was 123 but today the staff strength has risen astronomically to about 1,500. In 2003, the Court had barely 6 graduates in its employment, but through the visionary and dynamic leadership acumen of My Lord, Hon Justice Adejumo, OFR, the National Industrial Court has more to 200 graduates in its staff-fold.

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In 2003, when Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR resumed as the President of the National Industrial Court, the Court had its Headquarters in a poorly maintained and hardly habitable twin-duplex at Ojuolobun, Victoria Island, Lagos. The other office in Abuja was also dilapidated and in shambles but today, it is to the credit of Hon. Justice Adejumo, that the NICN now has 14 Judicial Divisions across the country. Eight of these Judicial Divisions have modern, state of the art, aesthetically attractive Court Complexes that meet international standards in terms of infrastructure and facilities. It is also gratifying to note that a huge architecturally imposing Headquarters of the Court in Abuja is under construction and to be commission soon.

From 2003 till date, the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has witnessed amazing evolutionary transformation. In 2006, Hon. Justice B. A. Adejumo, OFR did the unprecedented and moved the National Assembly to enact the National Industrial Court Act, 2006 as the enabling law of the National Industrial Court. This was regarded then as an alluring milestone by stakeholders in the labour and industrial relations sector. However, despite this feat, My Lord did not rest on his oars but was rather convinced that the inclusion of the Court in the Constitution as a superior court of record was the permanent panacea to the cacophony of problems and controversies bedeviling the Court. This conviction was reinforced in February 2010 when the Supreme Court of Nigeria decided that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria was an inferior court of record.

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Hon. Justice B.A. Adejumo, OFR took this morale-dampening development in its strides and pursued the amendment of the 1999 Constitution with a historic patriotic zeal, passion, determination, selflessness, energy and exemplary commitment. He succeeded as the 1999 Constitution has been amended to establish the National Industrial Court of Nigeria as a superior court of record.

In a nutshell, this unassuming, humble, loveable, likeable, kindhearted and extremely visionary and cerebral jurist has transformed the Court from obscurity to global limelight. Hon. Justice Adejumo, OFR has almost single-handedly turned the National Industrial Court of Nigeria from what was derisively though factually called a “dead end” into a living end flowing and basking in the waters of continued reformation. My Lord as a team player is always quick to acknowledge the contributions of his brother Judges, the Chief Registrar and other staffs of the Court to the remaking of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

We celebrate His Lordship on his birthday and wish him many more fulfilling years!

Happy Birthday Sir.

Profile Culled from: NICN ADR

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