*Charges New Recruits To Avoid Errors, Mistakes During Court Proceedings

Nasarawa Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana has advocated the need to consider placing occupants of the office of the Attorney-General at the Federal and State levels on life pensions.

Kana made the suggestion while addressing newly employed lawyers engaged by the state government in his chamber in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital.

Kana who recalled some herculean cases his chamber was handling said, the position of the Attorney-General in a state is such that should not be taken for granted, due to the enormous challenges associated with the office.

The commissioner, who equated the duties of the Attorney-General to that of the Chief Executive Officer of a state, stressed that their lives were also at risk, especially when endorsing the prosecution of some of the dangerous criminals in society.

“That is why some of us are saying that, if you hold the position of the Attorney-General, you should be placed on pension for life because, our challenges, the risk we face and pass through is even more than what their excellences are going true.”

“We are here busy every day signing warrants, approving charges of some of the dangerous criminals you could imagine, aside from those coming on a daily basis begging for one form of intervention”.

Kana, who underscored the role of the Ministry of Justice in governance, said that they are constantly in touch with the legislatures and the state governor and serve as a bridge to most of the government’s MDAs for effective service delivery.

“First of all, in terms of policy foundation and drafting of laws, is our responsibility. Virtually everything that has to do with legislation is our responsibility.

“We are constantly and on daily basis interacting with the House of Assembly and the Governor to ensure that, the state laws are updated, revised and possibly new ones are passed.

“Every contract, memorandum of Understanding, every agreement signed between the state and any entity, whether individual or corporate entities, both national and international pass through the ministry of Justice.

“Most of these documents and documentations are so important that they determine the pace and trajectory of the state.

He noted that the newly recruited lawyers must be precise and objective as errors, and mistakes are not tolerated in the discharge of their professional duties.

“There is no error in our work. Any mistake you make in a documentation process, either in an agreement could land the state in trouble that millions or billions will be lost. All due to incompetence or failure. Same with the court process. Unless you respond to the court process urgently, judgment will be delivered against the state.

The justice commissioner further recalled that they have had billions of naira in judgement delivered against the state because of the laxity of lawyers in the ministry of justice which leads to struggling on how to set aside the judgement, in most cases an impossible task, he added.

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