THE Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has said the Federal Government remains committed to providing better life for downtrodden Nigerians through unhindered access to justice.
The AGF spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, while declaring open a two-day management retreat organised by the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACN), with the theme: Repositioning Legal Aid Council for Better Service Delivery.
He said the LACN, which was set up to provide free legal services to poorer Nigerians who cannot afford the services of private legal practitioners, would ensure that every Nigerian has access to justice, irrespective of their financial status in the society.
Malami explained that as part of efforts to address the funding challenge facing the council, he had approved the establishment of Legal Aid Access to Fund, in line with the provisions of the Legal Aid Act (2011).
The AGF added that the committee set up for that purpose would soon submit its report for formal launching of the fund.
LACN Director General Aliyu Abubakar said the management retreat was organised to examine the state of affairs in the council in order to proffer holistic solutions for the purpose of repositioning it for better performance in the years ahead.
He said the council working with other stakeholders had over the last 40 years helped in rendering free legal services to indigent Nigerians across the country.
The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, and the state Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service, Malachi Ohokposi, noted that the services of the LACN in the state had quickened the administration of criminal justice as well as decongestion of correctional facilities.