The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has assured residents of the State that his administration will not relent in delivering dividends of democracy to its citizenry by fast-tracking the process of justice delivery and ensuring equal protection of individuals’ rights.
Governor Ambode made this known at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme organized by Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee (FJSRCC) in collaboration with Lagos State Government, European Union and British Council at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.
Ambode, who was represented by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said reforms in the judicial sector across the globe rely on the creation and implementation of sound policies by the concerned government, noting that all will be done to that ensure justice works for all in Lagos.
While making reference to the recently established DNA and Forensic Centre in the State, the Governor assured members of the legal profession and residents of the State that his administration will further put in place machinery that will aid investigation of criminal cases.
“We are committed to a quick dispensation of justice for all because we believe that this will bring about the much-needed change across all other sectors for the benefit of all residents in the State”, he said.
He said that the government will continue to explore other opportunities through partnership with organisations to promote judicial reforms, while also focusing more on improving the welfare of the judiciary.
Also speaking, the Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata commended Governor Ambode for leading the cause of judicial reform in Nigeria and urged other States to emulate Lagos State.
He said the programme aimed at appraising justice and judicial reforms is also a platform to communicate the need for judicial reform in all States of the country for robust awareness and acceptance of the National Reform Policy.
Apata tasked representatives of all States at the programme to lead the implementation of the policy in their States to help the President Muhammadu Buhari administration achieve fair justice delivery in the fight against corruption.