Concluding the Statewide Legal Clinic to different geographical areas of the State, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on Wednesday provided free legal consultation to the residents of Alimosho area and its environs at the Alimosho Local Government Secretariat.
Lagos Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary ,Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje in her welcome address stated that the Joint legal clinic is an effort to have a one-stop-shop for legal advice for the residents of the State.
Shitta Bey-Jeje ably represented by the Director Citizens Mediation Centre,Mrs Biola Oseni added that the Joint Legal Clinic team encompasses all legal cum Mediation services rendering directorates in the ministry which are; Office of Public Defender (OPD), Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), Public Advice Centre (PAC); Community Service Unit, Witness Support Unit, Office of the Administrator-General & Public Trustee ,DPP(Plea Bargain ) and the Directorate of Citizens Rights (DCR).
The Solicitor General said that the free legal clinic is in accordance with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s “T.H.E.M.E.S” Agenda of “Security and Governance” to ensure easy accessibility of legal services to all residents of the state.
Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje stressed that the legal clinic is held yearly in the 5 divisions of the State to bring legal consultation closer to the people while sensitizing the residents on their rights in accordance with the rule of law and the availability of free legal centres across the State .7
She however urged Alimosho residents to support the State Government’s dream of building a crime-free State with respect for the law and fundamental basic human rights.
In his words, The Chairman Alimosho Local Government, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon opined that one of the best ways to promote peace in any community is to have the people come together under one umbrella through sensitization and awareness programmes.
Hon. Jelili urged residents of Alimosho to continuously be law-abiding citizens of the State as this will aid development in the community and its environs.
While acknowledging the efforts of the State Government, Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice and its Agencies, he noted that his office will continue to promote peace and harmony within Alimosho area and its environs.
A resident of Alimosho, Yetunde Olayiwola, expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government and Ministry of Justice for hosting the Joint Legal Clinic in the community, saying it has widened her knowledge on some of the laws of Lagos State and her basic rights as a citizen.
She implored other residents to take advantage of the Free Legal services rendered by the Ministry of Justice instead of resorting to self-help.
Other attendees present includes Notable Rulers, Lawyers and Staff of Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Local Government Officials, Police Officers, Market traders and Alimosho Residents.