Bill un­der­way to man­date so­lic­i­tor-gen­eral’s ap­point­ment from jus­tice min­istry

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Ek­iti State Gov­er­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose has said that his gov­ern­ment will soon orig­i­nate a bill to the House of As­sem­bly to make it manda­tory that who­ever will be ap­pointed the so­lic­i­tor-gen­eral or per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the state Min­istry of Jus­tice is picked from among the staff of the min­istry.

His Chief Press Sec­re­tary Idowu Adelusi quoted the gov­er­nor as stat­ing this yes­ter­day dur­ing a meet­ing with lawyers in the em­ploy of the state gov­ern­ment.

Fayose said the era of bring­ing some­body from out­side to head the min­istry was over, and that de­spite the short­com­ings of some peo­ple in the pro­fes­sion, lawyers were im­por­tant to the dis­pen­sa­tion of jus­tice.

The gov­er­nor who ex­pressed de­sire to have one of his sons be­come a lawyer, de­scribed the le­gal pro­fes­sion as a no­ble one.

“Any­body that will be ap­pointed the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary must have put in at least 15 years of ser­vice and this is to give you the hope that you can get to the top of your ca­reer. If we go and bring in peo­ple from out­side, lawyers here would leave be­cause of frus­tra­tion,” he said, ad­vis­ing the lawyers to make them­selves rel­e­vant so that other peo­ple would know their worth.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Jus­tice, Mr Lawrence Ojo, thanked the gov­er­nor for his sup­port for the min­istry, say­ing, “We were stag­nated for over 12 years be­fore you came on board and opened up the space by ap­point­ing two ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­taries from among us.”

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