Lagos State Ministry of Justice has organised a workshop on Administration of Criminal Justice themed, “Appraisal of Current Criminal Justice Regime in Lagos State: Proposal For Policy And Practice Changes” for stakeholders in the State as part of efforts to improve justice delivery.
In his keynote address, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (SAN) stated that the aim of the workshop is to re-evaluate existing reforms in the Administration of Criminal Justice System in Lagos State.
In his words, “Lagos State is a constantly growing city and remains the economic hub of Africa, with a population of over 23 million residents and more arriving on a daily basis from various parts of the country and indeed the world. Lagos is unique with peculiar challenges just like other megacities across the globe; as such, it requires a shift in mindset and a deliberate attempt to achieve and implement an all-around reform”.
The Commissioner disclosed that the workshop was unique because it serves as an opportunity to reflect on the innovative reforms introduced so far under the present administration whose passion for achieving a practical, effective and at the same time, contemporary justice system remains glaring.
While commending stakeholders in the Administration of Justice in Lagos State for their unqualified support, Kazeem explained that it is apparent certain provisions required attention in the current system while in other cases, there is need to infuse key aspects of the law that were not previously considered into the system.
He, however, expressed his appreciation to all stakeholders for their support and cooperation, especially the staff of the Ministry of Justice, the police and other security operatives as well as the good people of Lagos amongst others for supporting the government in its endeavours.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion include Chief Judge of Lagos State Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami, Directors, Magistrates, Police, Prison officials and members of the Nigeria Bar Association.