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FG to strengthen judicial system in Nigeria – AGF

By Yusuf Olayinka

The Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Kwara State Government has hosted a Two-Day National Justice Sensitization program.
The event titled "National Sensitization Workshop on the National Policy on Justice for the North Central Geo-Political Zone" commenced yesterday at the Banquet Hall in Ilorin with the view of addressing the challenges confronting the Justice system in Nigeria and determination to put an halt to the institution operating in isolation and continuous sectorial blame game.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Ifunaya Nwajogu who represented the Attorney General of the Federation, said in her opening remarks that over the years; the other sectors such as education, health and agriculture have put in place national policies structures to which would provide a broad legal framework for the sectorial operations for smooth running; of judicial sectors in Nigeria.

Nwajogu, expressed delight that presently, developmental policies are now formulated and has set out agreed principles and guidelines for effective and efficient services delivery. The policy provides the framework for resolving cross institutional problems, developing and managing an all-inclusive reform, as well as to coordinate the implementation of reforms, adding that the purpose of the sensitization workshop is to critically examine the policies and formulate various implementation strategy plans when finalized.
Declaring open the workshop was the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold representing the Executive Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Sola Gold, in his opening remark, reinstate the essence of the National Sensitization workshop as a forum where learned gentlemen and stakeholders in justice sector converge to appraise the issues and activities regarding the national philosophy with respect to justice delivery in terms of its principles, values, integrity, security and accountability.

He stressed that the policy provides a common direction for the Justice sector while promoting public confidence, rule of law and socio-economic development" He expressed satisfaction on the contributions and support of the members of the justice sector team and the unwavering cordiality existing between the organs of Justice sector in the state, charging the stakeholders in Justice sector to continue to support the current administration in order to achieve its laudable and people oriented programmes that related to bringing justice to door step of the populace.

Gold, also said that the justice sector is counted upon as a forum where opinions and ideas about positive development, promotion and protection of human right, the rule of law, observance of good governance and administration of Justice are being aggregated and common front being canvassed.
He further assured that the forum is expected to be partners in progress with the state government in providing the enabling environment for the developmental needs of the society in justice related matters.

The SSG, further noted that the current administration in the State since inception has created a useful synergy with various professional and non-professional bodies especially the justice sector team which has greatly assisted in extending the dividends of democracy to every nooks and cranny of the state which resulting to relative peace and sustenance of harmony sighting the past Justice Sector Reform and Awareness Training organised by the current administration in December 2016. He reiterated the state government preparedness to further render support towards programmes and activities of the justice sector, both local and National level.

Speaking with National Moonlight after the workshop, Professor Larry Chukwu said, the policy is aimed towards enhancement of administration of justice in Nigeria "The policy has fully addressed most of the ills, drawbacks and pitfalls in the justice sector in Nigeria, such as lack of speedy administration of justice, ways of improvement, lack of funding, infrastructure, adequate training of personnel which includes a broad spectrum of institutions that are involved in the administration of Justice ranging from the police, law enforcement agencies; EFCC, NDLEA and ICPC"

In addition, he explained that the policy would address the ideas and proffer ways of improving collective performance and ensure synergy and cooperation between the various justice sector and institution.
Chukwu however, assured with confidence that by the time the policies are finalised and implemented all the aforementioned ills would disappeared in the Justice sector and the institutions would become strengthened.
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