Lawyers, stakeholders canvass complete overhaul of Justice sector in Plateau
LAWYERS, Professionals and Stakeholders in the Justice sector in Plateau State, have urged the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong to carry out a total and comprehensive overhaul of the States’ Justice sector when he is elected Governor of the State in April 11.
They made this call last weekend in Jos at an interactive session between the governorship aspirant and Stakeholders in the sector. The event was to hold last week but was postponed by the Lalong campaign organisation in honour of the victims of the twin bomb blast which claimed many lives in the State on Thursday penultimate week. One minute silence was observed for the victims before the commencement of the programme.
Participants raised a lot of issues affecting justice delivery in the state including non payment of salary of judges and Magistrates, judicial workers, dilapidated Court buildings, lack of courts rooms, the non issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to members of the public in the State in the last few years except the ones issued to members of the ruling family in the State. They decried the way and manner the current government in the state is run which a participant described as “the government of the father by the son for the benefit of the mum and other siblings”. They urged Lalong to give them a breath of fresh air in the State when he assumes power as the State governor.
In his response, Lalong stated that he is aware of the challenges of the Justice sector in the State and is ready, willing and prepared to tackle them once they give him their mandate in the forthcoming elections. He said that no Judge in Plateau State will trek or jump Okada and Keke when he becomes the Governor of the State. Citing the State of Osun model, Lalong promised to build more Courtrooms across the state. He promised to adopt the Osinbajo and Fashola approach to Court development. He assured even and equal distribution of developmental projects across the State if elected its Governor.
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