…to embrace transparency and accountability
The newly appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN), has urged law officers in the Ministry of Justice to brace up for change and effective service delivery in the administration of justice sector.
Mr. Pedro gave this charge on Tuesday during a reception ceremony in his honor with officials of the Ministry in the conference room of the ministry at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
He noted that the story of Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been of successes, achievements and innovations. Adding that the tradition of progressive governance has set the ministry apart and strengthened people’s belief in its ideology.
“It imperative to understand that there will be obstacles left and right during the course of discharging our duties, it is also up to us to know that we can overcome these obstacles. Yes, hard problems may confront us, but we will also confront it. Every problem will lose its potency to our unity in the ministry of justice.”
Mr. Pedro, SAN further explained that the impending change would be targeted at building a positive public image through effective feedback mechanism and prompt, timely and courteous service, while urging law officers to embrace transparency and accountability in their official conduct
“I ask you to join me on this journey to pilot the affairs of the ministry to greater heights. Let us vow to ourselves, and to posterity that we shall collectively rise up to build the legacy we have always hoped for”. He said.
Speaking earlier, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje, noted that the ministry of justice is saddled with the primary responsibility of ensuring compliance with the rule of law.
“Our mission here is to improve the delivery of Justice through robustness and professionalism while maintaining synergy with all tiers of government”, she said.
The Solicitor General further stressed that the Ministry is also a multi-point bridge and an intermediary between the people and the State Government and is the first point of call in Justice Administration of the State.
She however assured the Attorney General that the staff will support him at all levels to ensure quick dispensation of justice while strengthening the rule of law in the State.
Delivering the vote of thanks, the Director Civil Litigation, Mr. Hameed Oyenuga expressed immense gratitude towards the State Government, Solicitor General and other invited guests for gracing the occasion, while wishing the newly appointed Attorney General a successful tenure.
Notable dignitaries in attendance include Mrs Pedro and their children, directors, counsel, guests and staff of the ministry.