FEC Approves Justice Reforms
By Philip Nwelih
Two memos that will further enhance justice reforms in the country have been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The first memo aims to ensure access, fair and speedy administration of justice in Nigeria, while the second memo relates to the repeal of the Geneva Convention on the rights of Prisoners of War.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced the approvals to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The intention is to work together for the purpose of assisting the justice sector administration in terms of having speeding administration of justice, quality administration of justice, and access to justice for all,” Malami said. “That in a nutshell was what the justice sector policy that has been approved by the Federal Executive Council today is all about.”
Malami while explaining the second memo approved by FEC also noted that it was important to “amend our laws to be at par with international best practice.”
“The second memo that was presented by the office of the Attorney General is a memo relating to the repeal of the Geneva Convention,” the Minister of Justice added.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba said the FEC approved the request for a 500million Euros Sovereign Guarantee for the Bank of Industry, to support industrialization and micro finance.
The facility, which is at single digit, will be sourced through the Ministry of Finance. He added that the loan will be swapped in naira to ease access.
Also at the briefing, the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, said the FEC approved the memo for the release of two million dollars as counterpart fund for the West African Power Pole (WAPP).
Additional reports by Ufuoma Egbamuno