Ambode unveils online platform for Lagos laws since 1967
GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday launched a newly published Laws of Lagos State to avail the citizenry opportunity of being properly guided and informed, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of the laws and efficacy of the judicial system.
At the event held at the state secretariat in Ikeja, Ambode also commissioned an online platform where people from all over the world can access the laws enacted by the state from 1967 till date.
According to him, the online platform would not only enable investors and would-be investors to make informed decision about investing in the state, it would help them to appreciate the various legal protections available for their persons and investment.
The publication titled “The Laws of Lagos State 2015,” is essentially a combination of reformed existing laws and compiled legislations passed from 2007 to 2015 that were in the loose leaf form.
The project was executed by the Lagos State Law Reform Commission in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Africa.
Ambode said the project was geared towards promoting a platform for accountability and responsibility thereby fulfilling the obligation of the government to create easy access to the laws of the state.
“From the online platform, people from any part of the world can easily access and download all the laws in the state since inception in 1967,” the governor said.
While alluding to the fact that Lagos has always taken the lead in legislation and law reform initiatives in Nigeria, Ambode said the need for legislation to be up to date and relevant could not be over-emphasised in ensuring the necessary legal infrastructure for socio-economic transformation.
Earlier in his speech, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kareem, said the task of reviewing the existing laws was carried out last in 2003, adding that between that time and 2015, over 100 laws were passed which were in gazettes and not in any compiled form.
“The commission commenced the process of compiling and reviewing the laws that were obsolete and in need of repeal and those which required review in the area of fees, fines and penalties. An extensive reform of existing laws was undertaken with some requiring consolidation, and those requiring textual amendments of archaic or colloquial words were replaced with other words for simplicity and clarity of meaning.