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Why we are  funding free legal support for indigent citizens, says Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State government has said that financial and other forms of support being extended to the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPIP) is to guarantee continouos Probono (free) judicial services to indigent residents who desire fair legal representation.

The state governor, Sanwo-Olu stated this when a four-man team from the board of trustees of the organisation led by Daisy Danjuma, visited the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday.

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The LPIP was set up by the Lagos State government in 2012 to expand access to justice and reduce the burden on government funded agencies.

According to the Sanwo-Olu, the role of the LPIP has so far aided Lagosians who, would otherwise, might not have had fair hearing, and accessed justice.

He commended the team for rendering its services to humanity through partnership with non-governmental organisations and lawyers, promising that the state government would further raise the bar in the delivery of access to justice and judicial services.

“We’ll continue to support the partnership and collaborate in whatever form for a better society. The support may be financial or any other resources to enable the LPIP achieve its mandate.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu urged other lawyers to join hands with the organisation noting that Lagosians deserve the best.

The team leader, Danjuma appreciated the continuous support of the state government especially with regards to the digitisation of its services and the probono week, saying it was developed with the partnership of stakeholders to complement government’s efforts in the provision of free justice delivery service to the people.

 

JOSHUA BASSEY

 

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