Mobile Court has reduced street trading, traffic congestion, says Lagos AG, Kazeem
The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has said that Special Offences Court (Mobile Court) has contributed to the effort of the government in reducing street trading and traffic congestion in the state.
He stated that 4,426 offenders have so far been arraigned before mobile court, while series of enlightenment campaigns have been carried out to make residents aware of the need to obey traffic rules, keep the environment safe and secure.
Adeniji made this known while speaking with newsmen at Alausa, Lagos. According to him, since it began operation in March 2016, mobile court has significantly reduced anti-social conducts on the road as well as environmental nuisance thereby improving the socio-economic well being of residents of Lagos State.
He noted that Ministry of Justice has maintained the tradition of keeping the state at the vanguard of good governance, rule of law and constitutionalism to ensure that the other ministries, department and agencies enjoy good quality legal advice and representation.
He said his ministry in the past two years, worked harmoniously with the state Judiciary, Police Command and Prison Service towards an efficient and effective justice system.
“We have continued to promote human right and access to justice by offering free legal advice, representation in our court and mediation service to residents of Lagos State especially the poor and vulnerable. The AG said regular sensitization and awareness programmes have taken place at different locations in the state during period under review.
“Our unfailing commitment to humanity drives the ministry and so far a total number of 1,022 petitions, some via emails have been received from residents in distress seeking advice and help of different issues varying from violation of human rights, child abuse, work benefit and pension, social welfare and child rights, inadequate security, domestic violence, kidnapping, environment and related matters.
“As a resulted oriented ministry; some of the complaints have led to the state government’s intervention in the rehabilitation of roads complained of, provision of medical aid, payment of work benefit to employees by defaulting employers, promise of inclusion of certain communities in electrification policy, ensuring justice is done and restoration of peace in communities, thus making residents of the state enjoy the fruits of good governance”, he explained.