By John Ndu : The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has chided key players in the justice system for being responsible for delays in justice administration in the country.
The Acting President stated this during the 50th anniversary conference of the National Association of Law Teachers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state.
Speaking on the topic ” Law, Security and National Development ” the Acting President charged the law teachers to tackle what he described as the catastrophic delays in Corruption and some Criminal cases and gradually rebuild loss of confidence in the judicial system.
He harped on the need for the redefinition of the context of insecurity in the nation’s jurisprudence beyond the physical violence and crimes, to include denial of social justice and other deprivations, corruption among others, adding that only then would the various threats of secession, terrorism, restiveness and excision be addressed, as they all bother on the failure of the State to create an inclusive society
Governor Willie Obiano concurring to the Acting Presidents submission urged the legal luminaries to find a solution to the bail always granted to criminal suspects in spite of resources spent in arresting them.
He urged participants to utilize the event to lend new depths and ideas to the intellect of younger practitioners in the law profession.
The Chairman of the occasion and Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen represented by a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Amina Augi emphasized that law plays a vital role in ensuring economic and political stability in any human society, hence the need to intermittently review the efficacy of existing laws and their implementation to evolve more pragmatic ones.
Justice Amina Augie,noted that legal education will continue to interrogate conceptual dimensions, employ their expertise in law towards finding solutions to national problems.
In a keynote address, the Chairman, Society for Analytical Economics, Prof Godwin Owoh advocated the need to connect the law with the concurrent dynamics of growth to sustain the Nigerian economy in a manner that guarantees growth security and development.
The Vice chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Joseph Ahaneku in a remark, acknowledged that the event was in keeping with the University’s function of identifying societal challenges and providing answers to them.
In a welcome address, the President of the Association and Dean, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Godwin Okeke explained that over the years, the Conference has served as a veritable platform for effective training and development of law teachers in the country.
The Golden anniversary conference witnessed the convergence of great minds in the legal society.
It was a convergence of dignitaries from the legal, political, the academic class security agencies and the traditional institution.