Uduaghan Challenges Judiciary On Delay In Criminal Justice Administration

BY ANDY AKENI
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has challenged legal practitioners to find possible solutions to delays in the administration of criminal justice in the country.
The governor, represented by Chief of Staff Government House, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, gave the challenge yesterday while declaring open a three-day development course for lawyers in the state Ministry of Justice in Asaba.
The governor noted the training of the lawyers is important because of the vintage position the judiciary occupies in sanitising the nation’s democracy.
According to him, “as a state that believes in the rule of law, lawyers must find a possible way in reducing delays in criminal justice administration in the country as that will help to tackle the issue of insecurity”.
While saying that the state government will continue to do its best to ensure that justice is done to all manner of persons, the governor charged the participants to take the course seriously and use the knowledge gained to improve on the administration of justice in the state and country at large.
In his remarks, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN), said the legal profession in Nigeria since 2007 recognised the need for each legal practitioner to be relevant to the society not just as social engineer but to be up to date in the delivery of quality services to their clients through development courses.
“By the rules, a lawyer and indeed a legal officer who has failed, refused and or neglected to go through any development programme since 2007 is deemed to have committed an act of professional misconduct”, Ajujah said.
While thanking the state governor for employing over 250 legal officers in the Ministry of Justice, he lauded the government for its Human Capital Development among other agenda.
According to Ajuyah, the course is not a talk show but a programme for accomplishing human capital development for lawyers in the state aimed at giving them hope, confidence and endow them with the needed knowledge and capacity to provide quality service to the public service and state.
The three days course will feature lectures by senior legal practitioners like Dr. (Mrs.) C. O. Ajuyah, Fola Arthur Worrey, Chief Onomigbo Okpoko SAN, Prof. Larry Fagbohun, Prof. Epiphany Azinge and Ken Mozia SAN and among others.