By Kayode Adeoti
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kamaldeen Ajibade has revealed some of his greatest challenges as the Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.Ajibade made the disclosure during the valedictory service held in his honour at the Ministry of Justice, last Friday.
Ajibade, while responding to the good will messages noted that one of the biggest challenges he encountered was when some of his staff showed interest in the judiciary section of the Ministry.
Having supported those that aspired to switch to the Judiciary section, Ajibade said petition letter was written against him to the National Judiciary Commission (NJC) and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
He said, “The bigger challenge before me came when some members of the Ministry of Justice showed interest to join the Judiciary. Petition letter was written to the NJC even the Senate President, I was called and asked what was going on, I said members of my ministry aspired to cross to the judiciary and I supported them.”
The Commissioner however appreciated employees of his ministry for making the journey smooth for him.
“But with the cooperation of my lieutenants, the journey became smooth,” he added.
The Senior Advocate urged the staff of the Ministry to expressed appreciation to Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for approving the proposal to harmonise their remuneration.
According to Ajibade, staff of the Ministry of Justice now earn better than civil servants courtesy of the governor’s gesture.
He said, “Let us be grateful to this Governor, my staff now earn better salaries than those in the civil service. My level 10 officer is different from that of the civil service.
“We made a proposal to the Governor for the harmonisation of your salary and it was approved. This governor did it. That was why when I came in; we had 58 lawyers, now we have 103 but economic challenges crept in during the second tenure of this Governor, it is not only us, it’s the whole country, I just hope people will appreciate him.”
Speaking on the plan to relocate the Ministry of Justice to its site, Ajibade said he wrote a proposal which was to take Ministry of Justice out of Governor’s Office.
“It was approved and it came into the budget every year but because of paucity of fund, we could not achieve it,” he said.
Ajibade however charged staff of the Ministry not to allow the incoming administration to repossess the site allocated for the ministry saying they should always be concerned about the future of the section.
Earlier, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Modupe Susan Oluwole, in her good will message appreciated God for His infinite mercies and achievements of the Attorney General in office.
“He was not like this when he came in, civil service has made him a SAN. Life has a way of bringing us together and that is why you need to value relationship and guide it.
“What you’ve done here is what God has made you to do. Your next level will be Attorney General of the Federation,” the HoS said.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General of the Ministry, Mrs Funsho Lawal noted that Ajibade’s enormous gesture and selfless service to humanity will always be remembered by employees of the Ministry.
She maintained that her principal has done her part to deserve all the accolades showered on him even as she prayed that God will continue to guide him in his future undertakings.
On his part, the Director of Public Defender, Mrs Bello also appreciated Ajibade for his positive impacts.
She said, “He’s a man of action, he talks less but backs it up with action. We thank him for the period he spent with us. When he came in, we had 58 counsels, now we have 103. We wish him prosperous life.