Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has been commended for his visionary leadership that saved the country billions of naira that would have been expended to engage the services of external lawyers to handle cases for the Nigerian government.
Solicitor General of the Federation, SGF Mr. Dayo Apata gave the commendation at an event where Mr. Abubakar Malami was given an award as Nigeria’s Minister of the Year 2019/2020 by Face of Democracy Nigeria, FDN, Project, a non-governmental agency in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
According to the Solicitor General, since the practice of contracting external lawyers was suspended by the Minister, huge public fund spent annually have been saved for the country.
“Before Abubakar Malami, there used to be the practice where the ministry engages external solicitors to handle cases at huge cost to the Federal Government’’ he said.
Mr. Apata also noted that some policies initiated by the Minister which include improved welfare and working condition for staff in the ministry.
“But, on his assumption of office, he said why can’t we look inward and save money for the government and enhancing the productivity of the law officers in the ministry’’ he added
Remarking, the founder of FDN Project, Mr. Alexandra Olufunso said the choice of Malami for the award of the best Minister of the year was made by Nigerians, who voted him among four Ministers selected out of the 22 Ministers nominated.
Mr. Olufunsho noted that the Democracy Heroes Award was launched about six years ago to recognize, honour and celebrate men and women who contributed to the development of Nigeria.
“We did all the findings and discovered that we are honouring the best person in this category” he said.
Mr Abubakar Malami said he took the award as a challenge and a clarion call to redouble his effort to improve the democratic system, enhance justice dispensation and improve the welfare of judiciary officers in the country.
Source: Voice of Nigeria