The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), has said that his ministry has played a critical role in rescuing the nation’s economy from total collapse.
The Minister stated this at the opening ceremony of a retreat organised for the top management of the Federal Ministry of Justice with the theme: “Enhancing systems and structures in the Federal Ministry of Justice for effective service delivery”, which was held in Kano.
Besides, he said the ministry has also aided the fight against the twin malaise of insecurity and corruption.
Malami said the ministry through the P&ID had succeeded in enforcing an arbitral award of over US$ 10 billion USD, through the asset recovery drive secured the sum of US$322million which enabled the federal government to embark on empowerment programmes to take over 100 million persons out of poverty and the sum of US$311million deployed into critical infrastructural projects such as the Abuja-Kano and Lagos-Ibadan expressways as well as the Second Niger Bridge.
According to him, “It is extremely important to note that the Federal Ministry of Justice is cardinal to the agenda of the government to build a strong and diversified economy, improve infrastructure and combat the twin malaise of corruption and insecurity. Our duties as State Counsel or administrators are an amalgamation of law and policy. We must therefore be conscious of the critical role the Ministry plays in the overall developmental agenda of the country. Indeed, the relevance of the rule of law to holistic development in any society can never be overemphasised”.
Declaring open the event, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, described the theme and retreat as timely in the face of the numerous challenges bedevilling the administration of Justice and also enable the top management to explore appropriate mechanism which will guide them in discharging their duties.