Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nigeria: N240m Wasted On Production of Law Books by Past ... - AllAfrica.com

Simon Ebegbulem and Gabriel EnogholaseLagos

THE Tokyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mister Omoruyi Omonuwa (SAN), yesterday, narrated how the contiguous past times disposal inch the state allegedly wasted over N240 million on the production of law books marred by errors.

He said that the state of affairs was just that the current disposal led by Professor Oserheimen Osunbor rejected the exercising and a fresh contract of N78 million was awarded to a reputable South African based publication company, Lexis-Butterworths, in order to guarantee that a right version of the laws were produced for the people of the state.

Omonuwa, who briefed newsmen in Republic Of Benin City yesterday, on the activities of his ministry, lamented that the Justice Ministry was in a shameful state when this disposal came in, but fortunately for the people of the state, a Professor of Law emerged as the Governor therefore, so many plant are on going in order to revamp the Ministry.

According to him, "When we came in, I discovered that the last clip that the ministry bought weekly studies was 10 old age ago while knowing that lawyers are supposed to have got weekly studies every week. The last disposal in the state embarked on a law reappraisal exercise. It put up a Law Reappraisal Committee with the Ministry of Justice as the supervising Ministry.

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"Unfortunately, towards the tail end of that administration, it rushed the law reappraisal exercising to conclusion. The consequence was that the volumes of the law produced were full with mistakes which were so important and important that this present disposal headed by no less a individual than a eminent Professor of Law could not experience proud to place with the exercise. Consequently, authorities directed my ministry to guarantee that a right version of the laws is produced which all Edos will be proud of," he said.

Omonuwa, who however highlighted the respective attempts being made by the Osunbor disposal to change the lucks of the ministry, said that, "Having identified the jobs in the ministry, we provided a 110 KVA generator and paid for Diesel for calendar months in advance. Government also provided two trade name new Kia vehicles to ease our transportation system problems.

"We also gave the library its well deserved attending by providing respective pattern books and up to day of the month law reports. In some lawsuits we paid in progress for transcripts not yet produced. I observe with satisfaction that this have had its ain impact on stemming the tide of unneeded holds in lawsuits by some lawyers on the land of inaccessibility of cited law reports," he stated.

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