Lagos State Laws Go Online

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, and others at the event on September 14, 2022.

 

The Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Justice has published and distributed its laws electronically.

Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, stated this in his welcome address at the presentation of the e-laws on Wednesday.

For him, the move is the first of its kind by any state in the country and is designed to ensure quick dispensation of justice and easy access to justice.

Onigbanjo, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, explained that in its bid for continued effective and efficient administration of justice through the Law Reform Commission, the state entered into an agreement with LawPavilion Business Solutions – a technology solutions provider engaged in the business of publishing, distributing, and viewing electronic judicial authorities, cases, and laws.

The commission is an agency of government charged with the responsibility of publishing the laws of Lagos State and other state legislations in electronic and print copies.

According to the commissioner, the agreement is for annotation of the laws of Lagos State and conversion of the laws on agreed texts and format for publication on the LawPavilion electronic platform.

He added that this would make the annotated laws of Lagos State available to the public, and particularly to lawyers all over the world.

The Managing Director of LawPavillion, Mr Ope Olugasa, in his remarks, described the initiative as an epoch-making event.

He said the e-law would make it easy for judges and legal practitioners to have access to the complete and updated laws of Lagos State.

Olugasa added that those who want access to the laws have the option of either an outright purchase for a token of the entire laws or an annual subscription through the LawPavillion platform.

In her address, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, noted that this could not have been achieved without the support of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

She also thanked the Law Reform Commission for a thorough job which she said would in no small measure bring the administration of justice in Lagos State in line with international best practices.

Read the full text of the AG’s speech at the briefing:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this Press Conference which is aimed at announcing the partnership between the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and Law Pavilion Business Solutions on e-publishing laws of Lagos State.

Under my watch as Attorney-General, the justice sector in Lagos State has experienced the implementation of programmes aimed at giving the people of Lagos State greater access to justice through dynamic law reforms and adherence to the rule of law. Today’s event, again, marks another milestone.

The importance of creating awareness of the laws that are being passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly cannot be over-emphasized.

Therefore, the State in its bid for the continued effective and efficient administration of justice, through the Law Reform Commission, an Agency of Government charged with the responsibility of publishing the laws of Lagos State and other State legislations in electronic and print copies, entered into an Agreement with LawPavilion Business Solutions – a technology solutions provider engaged in the business of publishing, distributing and viewing electronic judicial authorities, cases, and laws.

The Agreement is for annotation of the laws of Lagos State and conversion of the laws on agreed texts and format for publication on the LawPavilion electronic platform.

This means that the annotated laws of Lagos State are available to the public, and particularly to lawyers all over the world.

Those who want access to the laws of Lagos State have the option of either outright purchase of the entire laws or an annual subscription through the LawPavilion platform.

The Lagos State laws available on the LawPavilion platform are the 2015 Compendium as well as all the Laws that have been passed from 2015 to date.

The beauty and further advantage are that all the said laws are annotated.

I am pleased to inform you that with the click of a button the entire annotated laws of the State are made available to interested parties for a token.

Another great advantage to this initiative is that the e-publishing of the laws will provide ease of doing business as investors and other interested persons will now have access to all the laws of Lagos State at a glance.

It will also reduce the difficulties that are often associated with the physical purchase of the law ranging from time spent in traffic to the eventual wear and tear of the hard copies.

In the final analysis, the electronically published laws of Lagos State will in no small measure bring the administration of Justice in Lagos State in line with international best practices, which encourages technology as a major driver of legal initiatives.

I, therefore, welcome you to a world of easy access to the robust laws of Lagos State.

Bill Amending Lagos Mortgage, Property Law Signed

mortgage Bill signed into lawA bill amending the Lagos State Mortgage and Property Law of 2010 has been signed into law.

The Governor of the State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, signed the bill on Monday, saying the amendment was necessitated by the need to make the law more effective and meet current realities in the State’s Housing system.

After signing the bill into law, Governor Fashola said the new law would enable the State’s Mortgage Board to be truly independent without interference by any person or body in the discharge of its duties.

Governor Fashola said that the Act would enable the Board gain the supervisory powers of regulation of departments and agencies that heads of Ministries should have over parastatals and agencies that report to them.

He expressed optimism that the new law would give institutional support and independence to the Board.

“We hope that the law will assist to give institutional support to the Board to be able to continue not only to build houses but also to provide mortgage finance and to do all of the things that it should do,” he said.

The Lagos State Governor further said that the opening up of means of generating needed financial support was one of the things that had been taken care of in the new law.

Another adjustment the law made was the lowering of the representation of the Ministry of Housing in the Board to the level of Assistant Director.

“Should there be a problem, things would escalate first to either a Director and then appropriately to a Permanent Secretary to whom Ministries and parastatals report for oversight.

“The adjustments that the law sought to make is to create proper governmental and institutional control. One interesting thing in all of these to me is that it shows clearly the fallibility of man in every undertaking that he pursues and it also shows how dynamic human thinking can be,” Governor Fashola said.

Thanking the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, and the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly for passing this law, the Governor stressed that nobody should be entrapped by anything he created.

“Once we create it and it is not serving the purpose for which it was created we must also have the courage to take a second look at it and this is what we have done with this law,” Governor Fashola stated.

The Lagos Mortgage Board was created initially to deal with the problem of who should own the houses that Government wanted to sell.