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CWG charges lawyers on technology adoption



Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Austin Okere

LEGAL practitioners in the country have been urged to adopt technology innovation that will enable them perform their duties with ease, as well as aid the quick dispensation of justice.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group, CWG Plc, Austin Okere, told members of the bar profession that the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, can use its websites to create a database of lawyers practicing in Lagos.

Okere who made the remark at the official commissioning of the Ikeja Branch’s Website, held at the Bar Centre at the High Court in Lagos said that the Association could use the website to publicising its activities and promote the skills as well as the knowledge of her members by publishing their articles on the website.

He said that the website could serve as a reference point for users of legal services and also as a medium to achieve significant online presence by simply linking her social media handles such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram”.

He observed that lawyers in the country are still seen carrying large files to court premises for judicial process despite the possibility of having the files on portable devices.

According to him, they can make their jobs easier by “employing the service of a competent IT service provider that can help create applications that can transform their huge files into digital format that can be taken everywhere and accessed with convenience.”

He added that “with technology you can file your proceedings online from the convenience of your office and make your services available to more people online.”

Okere commended the branch for taking the bold step towards bridging the gap between legal practitioners and the society by creating a website for interaction, and pledged to partner the Association in the area of ICT Training to ensure that they take advantage of technology to optimise their work.

He however, charged them to extend their scope of influence to other critical areas of the society outside their sphere of practice saying that one of such critical concerns is the development of quality education in Nigeria.
Okere said: “as we speak, about 30,000 Nigerians are schooling in the UK alone. Similarly, the nation loses about 2 billion dollars yearly to neighbouring Ghana as school fees of Nigerians schooling in that country.”

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