The Enugu State Government on Tuesday says it will set up Citizens’ Rights and Mediation Centres (CRMC) in each of the 17 council areas of the state.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus Eze, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
Eze said the ministry would be posting its lawyers to council areas to man the centres.
He said that adequate budgetary allocation had been made for the commencement of the centres, including provision for office equipment and other accessories required for an effective service delivery to the people.
“The council offices will reduce the workload in the only existing centre office in Enugu; which will act as central and management point for the council offices.
“The council centres will make legal services available to our people in the rural areas, who may not have the money to pay for services of legal officers,” he said.
The commissioner said that the centres would check maltreatment borne out of gender and socio-economic biases at the grassroots of the state.
“CRMC had been a strong instrument of the government against persons and groups who oppress people and deny them of their rights and privileges,” he said.
Eze said the ministry had penciled down 20 officers in Alternative Dispute Resolution Department for training.
“We want a situation where people will see the need to use alternative dispute mechanism to foster peace, reduce the long wait at the courts and reduce judicial adjudication burden on magistrates and judges,” he said. (NAN)
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