The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the pursuit of ensuring free access to justice by all residents in the State.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Lawal Pedro, SAN, stated this on Monday at the opening ceremony of a Six-Day Workshop on Advocacy, Forensic Interview and Crime Scene Protocol organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Defender, in collaboration with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at the Dover Hotel, Ikeja.

In his address at the event, Pedro, represented by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the NITA Faculty for generously dedicating their time to share their professional knowledge and expertise in various aspects of the law.

He stated that the Lagos State Government, through the Office of the Public Defender, is unwavering in its pursuit of social inclusion and free access to justice by residents of Lagos State.

“Our vision is to enhance the quality of life for every individual regardless of their gender, tribe and social status which falls under the definition of our indigent and vulnerable persons while ensuring that there is equal access to justice by all and sundry”, he said.

Mr. Pedro further noted that in any organisation, its greatest asset is its employees, and research has demonstrated that dedicated employee training and development programmes are not just essential for creating a skilled workforce but also for boosting productivity.

He stressed that the workshop will be instrumental in fostering the exchange of legal knowledge and expertise while equipping counsel of the State with the necessary skills to thrive in the Lagos State Justice System.

Other notable dignitaries present at the event include the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Head of Service, Mr. Olabode Agoro, High Court Judges, Magistrates, Directors, Counsel and legal officers in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

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