The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has named the E-Library of his ministry after the retiring Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF) and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Dayo Toba Apata (SAN).
Malami announced this, on Friday, during the send forth on retirement and handing over ceremony in honour of the Perm-Sec, who is bowing out of service on the attainment of the compulsory retirement age of 60 years.
The minister who said, the ministry’s E-Library shall henceforth be known and called “Dayo Toba Apata E-Library”, added that the retiring Perm-Sec deserves national honour in view of his meritorious services to the nation.
“Let me place on record, the commendable consistency of the Solicitor General and Perm-Sec in the implementation of policies and programmes of the ministry.
“I can say with pride that the ministry of Justice has been lifted to higher grounds and has become the envy of others,” the minister said and added that Apata has served in various capacities where he distinguished himself in the discharge of his duties.
He said, in his countless encounters and very intimate working interaction with Apata over the years, he found him to be resourceful, committed and patriotic in the discharge of his duties.
Malami said the Justice ministry will miss Apata’s repository of knowledge on vital aspects of the law.
In his speech, Apata thanked Malami for projecting him to the world and giving him free hand in the discharge of his duties as Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.
“I became the first SGF and Perm-Sec of the Ministry of Justice to be conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), with the cooperation and support of the AGF.
“Malami is my God sent and I remain eternally grateful to him for the confidence he reposed on me,” he said.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mohammed Umar Etsu took over from Apata as the Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice.
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