The existing Lagos State Tenancy Law of 2011 is set to be reviewed by the Lagos State Law Reform Commission to ensure fairness and to further reposition the law to reflect present societal values and realities.
Speaking at an annual Press briefing to mark the three year term of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said that the path towards a new Tenancy Law which will cater for the people of the state, irrespective of status would be achieved.
He said the modernisation of Lagos into a smart city made it imperative that the legislation of the state reflects modern day realities, especially in the provision of shelter.
Mr Kazeem said that path towards a renewed Tenancy law which would cater for the residents of the state was achievable with the collaboration between the Ministry of Justice, State Executive Council and the Legislative arm of the state.
It is true that the Tenancy Law has taken sometimes. It started from the law reform commission and has come to the Ministry’s Legal Drafting Department for fine tuning.
The next part is for it to make its way to the state executive council for consideration which will be very swift and it now goes to Lagos state house of assembly where the law makers will give it a legal tips along side the governor, who will sign it. We expect in the next couple of months. Kazeem said
He said the state house of assembly would convene a public hearing on the matter where members of the public could contribute into the process leading to a refined Tenancy law that will be of public interest.
The Commissioner said the state Ministry of Justice was also committed to ensuring implementation of Law and Order policy of Governance by enacting new laws, updating old ones and assisting the Law Enforcement agencies to achieve easy and quick access to justice by offering free legal advise and representation in court among others.
Kazeem said the Ministry had established a cordial working relationship between it and other national and international organisations to provide and deliver on all its ad-hoc duties.
The Attorney General maintained that the state Office of the Public Defender (OPD) which is saddled with the responsibility of providing legal and other related functions to the masses, has in the last one year received about 4,282 petitions, concluded 2,264 while the others are at the various stages of reviews and investigation.
On the state Citizen Mediation Centre (CMC), he explained that the Citizen’s Mediation Centre was charged with the responsibility of providing free legal services to residents of the state.
Within the period under review (May, 2017-April, 2018), a total number of 47, 292 new cases came to the Centre. Out of this number, a total of 25,191 cases resolved with the remainder at stages of resolution, he said.
Other achievements of the Ministry as highlighted by the Commissioner included inauguration of the DNA and Forensic Centre, launching of Plea Bargain Protocol, Commissioning of new court buildings, initiation of Lagos Criminal Information System among others.
The Justice Commissioner who expressed delight on the level of awareness of the public to key into policies of government makes it an enormous task in the coming year for effective administration of justice in the state.
Source: Voice of Nigeria