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Ambode Restates Commitment to Rule of Law

•Creates online platform for state laws.

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday reiterated his administration’s commitment to the rule of law, saying the government is considering launching an online platform where people from any part of the world can access the laws enacted by the state since 1967 till date.

The governor said this at the formal launch of Laws of Lagos State (2015), adding that the online platform would not only enable investors and would-be investors to make informed decision about investing in the state, but would also help them to appreciate the various legal protections available.

He said the Law Reform Commission was saddled with developing the online platform, adding that the development was geared towards promoting a platform for accountability and responsibility.

“From the online platform, people from any part of the world can easily access and download all the laws in the state since inception in 1967,” the governor said.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said the government embarked on aggressive and extensive law reform because of the need to avail the citizenry the opportunity of being properly guided and informed through the laws.

He said a prominent feature of the 2015 laws is that textual amendments of archaic and colloquial words have been replaced with other words for simplicity and clarity of meaning.

“Words such as ‘therewith’, ‘therein’, ‘herewith’, ‘hereto’, ‘hereinafter’ and words of like nature where appropriate have been simplified. Gender specific pronouns were replaced with gender-neutral language.

“Furthermore, obsolete references to military, colonial, imperial or legal orders, offices or institutions have also been substituted with contemporary offices and institutions,” Kazeem said.

The Managing Director of Thomson Reuters in Africa, Sneha Shah, lauded the Law Reform Commission for coming up with great content that was published by her organisation.

 

Source: The Nation Nigeria

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