The scope of the Lagos State Government’s commitment to providing free legal services has widened as it now includes residents of the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area. This extension of the joint free legal clinic was announced during the clinic’s opening ceremony, which took place over the weekend.
Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, emphasized the significance of this initiative. The objective behind this move is to reinforce the state’s justice administration system, ensuring the protection of citizens’ rights and seamless access to justice for residents.
At the inauguration event, Mrs. Biola Oseni, the Director of the Citizens Mediation Centre, represented Mrs. Shitta-Bey-Jeje. She highlighted that the various directorates and agencies within the Ministry of Justice provide complimentary legal services in areas such as family disputes, landlord-tenant conflicts, and domestic violence involving women and children.
The annual joint free legal clinic, held across different communities in the state, is designed to bring legal consultation closer to the citizens. By enhancing residents’ awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities, the initiative promotes justice, peace, and harmony within the community, in line with the law.
Gratitude for this free legal initiative was expressed by Mr. Abdullahi Olowa, the Chairman of the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, who was represented by Kareem Muyideen, the Supervisor for Agriculture and Social Services.
Also, Oba Wasiu Oguntolu 1, the paramount ruler of Ibeju kingdom, encouraged the residents of Ibeju-Lekki to fully embrace and take advantage of the provided free legal services.