Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, said the country needs sound criminal justice system to curb corruption and ensure political stability, economic equilibrium and economic growth in the country.
Ahmed made this assertion in Ilorin, Kwara State, at the Conference of Speakers of State Legislators workshop on the Criminal Justice System Reforms in Nigeria.
“A sound criminal justice system is imperative for economic growth, political stability and social equilibrium. It is impossible to have a sound economy without a solid foundation of good laws that can curb anti social behaviours and other disruptive tendencies in the society.”
The governor, who said such system was a prerequisite for rule of law and good governance, claims that unless the citizens are aware of and abide by the criminal justice system, there would be a lull in attaining economic and political development.
“No modern society can thrive unless there are strong laws to guide social, economic and political conduct of its citizens. Unless the citizens are aware of and abide by a robust criminal justice system, the sense of security, peace and lawfulness necessary for economic and political development would be missing.”
The governor described the conference on criminal justice reform as timely, noting that the country’s justice system was “in dire need of reforms in line with modern trends in crime prevention, commission, detection, investigation, prosecution and sanction.”
He challenged the legislature to overhaul the process of amending the country’s laws to adapt to unforeseen issues by the country’s constitution, especially against the background of what he termed “recent events in the country’s political life.”
“I therefore, call for a more dynamic constitutional amendment process to enable the legislative arm and indeed the whole country respond to critical needs to modify our laws while retaining the safeguards necessary to maintain their sanctity,” he said.
The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, had in a welcome address, said the present uninterrupted democratic dispensation in the country since 1999, has brought a lot of challenges to the country’s justice system, especially the criminal aspect.
Ali said the uninterrupted democracy has exposed “the inadequacies of criminal trials to guarantee fairness, orderliness and quick dispensation of justice.”
He emphasised that as the least developed area of government, the legislature needed to properly articulate its role and functions in the provision of legislative platform for the smooth operations of the executive and judicial arms of government, for the institutionalisation of confidence in the citizens on the independence of the judiciary in the country.

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