States can get more judicial decisions in their favour, thereby reducing the financial cost of litigation if certain measures are put in place, says Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, Lagos State’s new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
Kazeem, who was speaking at the maiden management meeting of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, charged law officers to be proactive, innovative and imbibe the use of technology in communicating with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in order to perform more effectively.
“If lawyers are given all necessary information to keep them abreast of the facts of cases as well as necessary documents to assist them, there is the possibility of having more judgments delivered or given in favour of the state, thereby reducing the financial burden on the state government,” Kazeem said.
He noted that since the Justice Ministry renders legal and advisory services to other MDAs, it must at all times ensure prompt responses to state matters and urged law officers in other MDAs to liaise with his ministry and to respond to requests on state matters promptly.
The AG also charged law officers to be up to date, adopt international best practices, follow the trends in advanced countries and brace up for the new challenges ahead, “especially since the legal profession is also advancing.”
Kazeem added that since Lagos State is the most prosperous state in Nigeria, its justice sector must always lead in justice delivery.
He then informed the management that all hands must be on deck to make the state excel and promised to give them all necessary support needed to achieve the desired goals of the state.
Replying, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami, said she was happy to have an experienced and seasoned legal practitioner as Attorney-General of Lagos State. She added that the Ministry is blessed with seasoned professional and pledged the total support of its entire staff to the AG.