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Laws must meet people’s need, says AG

Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, has said laws must meet the people’s need and expectations for it to be effective.

Ipaye added that any law that seemed to fall short of expectation should be reviewed to suit the need of the people at the particular time.

A statement by the Lagos State Law Reform Commission on Tuesday explained that the commissioner spoke in Oregun, during a two-day stakeholders’ forum organised by LAWRECOM and Justice for All of the Department for International Development in collaboration with the Human Development Initiative.

The statement added that the forum was held to examine the need for a review of the existing money lending, sales by auction and cooperative laws of Lagos State.

Ipaye said, “Lagosians are affected by these laws and there is a need to examine them with the sole purpose of reviewing them to suit the modern day needs of the people of the state.”

Ipaye added that there had been a steady decline in the activities of auctioneers, money lenders and cooperative societies in Lagos.

He said, “The signs are there and we must correct them. There is a need to bring back the activities of   auctioneers, money lenders and cooperative societies. There has been a decline in their activities in the state.”

The statement said the stakeholders’ forum had representatives of each sector forming three groups where they worked to review the draft bills and made proposals for amendments and reforms.

Among those who made contributions at the forum were the Executive Director,  Human Development Initiatives, Prof.BolajiOwasanoye; a commissioner with LAWRECOM, representing Mr.SupoShasore, chairman of LAWRECOM, Mr Akeem Bello; Executive Secretary, LAWRECOM, Mrs. Ade Adeyemo, a commissioner  with LAWRECOM, Mrs.OmotolaAkinsanya, and Dr.DayoAyoade of the faculty of Law, University of Lagos.

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