Ministry of Justice
Governor Obiano’s vision for Anambra State no doubt needs the safe hands of the Judiciary to come to reality. That explains why emphasis within the last 2 years of his assumption of office has been on the building of a structural and policy framework that would make for a better Judiciary and a stronger Anambra State. To this end, a comprehensive reform of the Judiciary to make it more responsible to the needs of Anambra People is in progress.
“IT IS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT SINCE OUR COUNTRY’S RECENT RETURN TO DEMOCRACY NOWHERE HAS THE JUDICIARY PLAYED ITS ROLE AS THE LAST HOPE OF THE COMMON MAN AS IT HAS DONE IN ANAMBRA STATE. OUR RECENT POLITICAL HISTORY BEARS THE INDELIBLE MARKS OF THE JUDICIARY.”
– WILLIE OBIANO.
02. Judicial Administration
The Ministry of Justice being essentially a service Ministry has continued to offer its quota to the vision and mission of the Willie Obiano Administration. With its specialized departments, it has contributed immensely to the four pillars of the Obiano Administration through drafting of Bills, Memorandum of Understanding and Agreements.
The Ministry has also dealt with all legal advice and representations in various courts in both Civil and Criminal matters. So also are appellate matters in the Courts of Appeal, Customary Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. In the last two years & the present Administration, various Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) have been drafted. Also, several agreements and Bills have been prepared, all geared towards realization of the vision of the Obiano
administration in mechanized Agriculture, industrialization, Oil and Gas, Trade and commerce.
Since coming on board of the present administration, more charges and information have been filed to check-mate crime which has been on the downward trend in the State. The enactment of the Criminal (Amendment) Law 2013 is of paramount effect, in that all properties connected with kidnapping, like houses used in keeping or hiding kidnapped victims were demolished.
The implementation of this Law by the Security Agencies in the State has unarguably reduced to the barest minimum the incidents of kidnapping in the State. The salutary effect is that there was no incidence of kidnapping during the 2014/15 Christmas and New Year festivities in the State.
Within the period under review, outdated laws of Anambra State were approved to be revised and brought up to date. The laws were last revised in 1991. The revision exercise is currently in top gear.
In the area of continued Legal Education and Training of Staff, Law officers were sponsored to attend Annual Bar Conferences wherever they were to be held. This singular deed by His Excellency has never been seen in the history of Ministry in that, sponsorships to attend Bar Conferences had always been done in batches and were rotational among Law Officers. In order to ensure continuous legal training and acquisition of requisite
legal expertise, approval was given for the training of three Law officers in specialized Legal knowledge at the Nigeria institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos. Equipping and Development of the Ministry’s libraries (at Awka and out stations) central to the acquisition of legal knowledge have been stepped up.