By Our Correspondent
Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon John Gaul Lebo has said that a review of the Cross River state laws has become necessary.
Hon. Lebo made the submission Monday, in an interactive session with Law officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN) Cross River State Chapter, in his office in Calabar, observing that some of the state laws were obsolete and not consistent with the current affairs of the state.
He also averred that the need to reform the justice sector of the state in order to reposition it for effective service delivery in line with current realities was imminent, adding that such reform would make the sector live up to expectations.
The Speaker pledged the Assembly’s readiness to accord the Law Officers the necessary support needed to enable them perform better, reiterating that issues concerning their welfare, capacity building, remunerations and practising fees would be adequately addressed.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation of the Law Officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN) Cross River State Chapter, Barrister Amajama Eneji urged the Speaker to look into issues of the Remuneration; Training and Capacity Building; Payment of Practising fees as well as welfare of members of the Association which he lamented were not given due priority by the government.
In his submission, a member of the LOAN delegation, Barrister Peter Bassey reaffirmed the commitment of the Law Officers in the state to ensure the success of the Legal system as well as the success of the present administration while pledging the Association’s position to vigorously adhere, against all odds, to the doctrine of justice and fairness in the discharge of duties.
In the same vein, the Speaker of the Cross River House of Assembly Hon. John Gaul Lebo has assured the Calabar branch of Nigeria Bar Association of the Assembly’s readiness to collaborate with it towards ensuring a harmonious judicial environment in the state.
The Speaker gave the assurance same day when the NBA Calabar branch visited him.
He also intimated the NBA of plans by the Assembly to review the state laws and pursue judicial reforms urging the NBA to participate in the process.
Speaking, the Chairman of the NBA Calabar Branch, Barrister William Anwar, who acknowledged the efforts of the 8th Assembly within a short period, emphasized the need for a Bar center which would also serve as a resource center for lawyers in the state.
He sued for closer collaboration between the Assembly and the NBA and thanked the Speaker for frantically seeking solution to the protracted strike by the judicial staff of the state.
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