Lagos launches website on state laws
The Lagos State Government on Sunday announced the launch of an online platform where lawyers, investors and the public can have access to all the laws of the State.
It would be recalled that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the launch of 2015 Revised Laws of the state recently, tasked the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms Commission of the state to work towards making the laws of the state available online for easy access. Governor Ambode, who announced that the hard back copies of the Laws would be complimented with an online digital version in conformity with modern day trends, said the decision became imperative owing to the need to encourage easy access to the state laws, especially by investors on the legal framework available to invest in the state thereby boosting employment opportunities. The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, in a statement on Sunday, said the digital platform which can be accessed via www.laws.lagosstate.gov.ng, was the first of its kind and another eloquent testimony to the tradition of excellence which Lagos is known for. He said the online platform was in fulfillment of the obligation of the State Government to create easy access to the State laws thereby promoting accountability and responsibility, and enabling investors to make informed decisions about their investments in the state. He said: “This project is geared towards the commitment of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drive governance and administration of justice in the state through innovation and information technology.” While noting the effectiveness of the digital platform, the Commissioner encouraged lawyers and the entire public to visit the site to view the laws and make their purchases. He added that the online platform would enable people to search, view and download the laws of the state anywhere in the world by just the click of a button. Other features available on the site, according to Kazeem, is that online users will not need to upload all the 233 (Two Hundred and Thirty-Three) Laws, but would be able to purchase and download only the Laws relevant to them. Besides, Kazeem said payment cards including MasterCard, Visa, Verve and Interswitch have all been integrated to the online platform.