The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has provided free legal consultations to the residents of Epe community on Thursday 3rd June 2021, as part of its continuous statewide legal clinic exercise.
According to the Director for Citizens’ Rights, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odusanya, the Joint Legal Clinic is an initiative of the Ministry of Justice to have a one-stop-shop for free legal consultation and other related matters for residents of Lagos State.
She added that the Joint Legal Clinic team, comprising all legal service oriented directorates and agencies in the Ministry, which include: Office of Public Defender (OPD), Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), Public Advice Centre (PAC), Community Service Unit, Office of the Administrator-General & Public Trustee (AG&PT), Directorate of Citizens Rights (DCR) and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) were all represented at the Legal Clinic which held at Epe Local Government Secretariat.
Odusanya noted that, the free Legal Clinic is scheduled to hold in all the 5 divisions of Lagos State namely: Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos-Island and Epe, with the aim of reaching and providing easy access to legal consultations and representation for the indigent and vulnerable members of society.
Speaking during the exercise, the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Dr. Jide Martins, had also explained that the Legal Clinic was specifically organised for the people at the grassroots of every community across the State in order to bring access to justice closer to the people, while sensitizing the residents on their Fundamental Human Rights.
He said, “This initiative by the Ministry is in compliance with the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu which aims to promote and achieve security and good governance among the residents of Lagos State”.
On his part, the Alara of Ilara land, HRM, Oba (Dr.) Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, urged the residents of Epe Land, to take advantage of the services provided by the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Justice as this will ensure social development and peaceful co-existence of people within the Epe Community.
While attesting to the efforts of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, at ensuring speedy dispensation of Justice, even as the industrial action by Judicial staff lingers, he noted that his office, would continue to promote among Epe residents, the option of resolving conflicts through Mediation, using alternative dispute resolution platforms already provided by the State Government.
While expressing his appreciation to the state government on behalf of the community, the General Secretary, Oloja in Council, the Odofin of Epe Land, High Chief Olatunde Oluwo, commended the Ministry of Justice for bringing the Legal Clinic to their door steps as it affords them the opportunity of accessing within Epe community, qualitative legal consultations at no cost to them.
Dayo Asanbe & Bola Okedunwon
Public Affairs Officers
Ministry of Justice
3rd June 2021