Agency enjoins residents to take advantage of free advisory, legal services
Lagos State government, through the Public Advice Centre (PAC), has advised all residents to take advantage of the free advisory and referral services provided by PAC and other agencies in the state Ministry of Justice.
The Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-bey, stated this during the flag-off of the sensitisation and enlightenment campaign of PAC to Amu and Ojuwoye markets axis in Mushin, Lagos State. She noted that the sensitisation programme is to educate the citizenry about the activities of the centre as it relates to legal issues.
According to her: “Today’s event is to sensitise the public about the existence of the Public Advice Centre (PAC) and its advisory and referral roles to the public on judicial issues.”
The Solicitor-General also stated that PAC was not only established to advise the public on how to interact with government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDA), but also on how to interface on behalf of the people with the MDAs.
Shitta-Bey further reiterated that advocacy, education, information and access to Justice are what prompted the enlightenment campaign, enjoining residents to take advantage of the various agencies created by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice for dispute resolution and prompt dispensation of Justice.
The Director, Lagos State Public Advice Centre (PAC), Mrs. Husseina Akinnawo, in her address, urged Lagos residents to embrace and explore alternative dispute resolution as their first choice in resolving issues within their communities.
Akinnawo stated that the agency embarked on the enlightenment campaign to create awareness for the advisory and referral responsibilities of the Centre, noting that various alternative dispute resolution processes are available and accessible to all residents, especially the indigent and vulnerable in the five divisions of the state.
On the success of the campaign, Akinnawo stated that the centre will continue to leverage traditional media platforms as well as the social media for its enlightenment campaign in order for people to know more about the various alternative dispute resolution programmes that have been provided by the state government.