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Governor Ambode Brings The Law To the People Via The Clouds

Like a modern day Moses, Governor Ambode is bringing the laws of the land to his people from on high, but this time via the (digital) clouds. In typical fashion, Lagos, the centre for excellence is once again leading the rest of the country in innovation in governance.

Over the weekend, governor Ambode launched an online platform which makes it possible for interested parties – lawyers, investors and members of the public to access all the state laws first hand and by themselves. The platform can be accessed through the URL – www.laws.lagosstate.gov.ng

 

According to the Lagos State Attorney General, Mr. Kazeem Adeniji, this platform is the first of its kind in Nigeria [public sector].

The attorney general said the online platform was in fulfilment of the obligation of the state government to create easy access to the state laws thereby promoting equity and awareness that will enable investors make informed decisions about their investments in the state.

He said: “This project is geared towards the commitment of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drive governance and administration of justice in the state through innovation and information technology.”

While noting the effectiveness of the digital platform, the commissioner encouraged Lagosians to visit the site to view the laws and make their purchases. He added that the online platform would enable people to search, view and download the laws of the state anywhere in the world by just the click of a button.

Other features available on the site, according to Kazeem, is that online users will not need to upload all the 233 laws, but would be able to purchase and download only the laws relevant to them. Besides, Kazeem said payment cards including MasterCard, Visa, Verve and Interswitch have all been integrated to the online platform.

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode, at the launch of 2015 Revised Laws of the state recently, tasked the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms Commission, to work towards making the laws of the state available online for easy access.

Ambode, who announced that the hard back copies of the laws would be complimented with an online digital version in conformity with modern day trends, said the decision became imperative owing to the need to encourage easy access to the state laws, especially by investors on the legal framework available to invest in the state thereby boosting employment opportunities.

Original content: http://guardian.ng/

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