As it recounts the Federal Government’s assistance to poor Nigerians in getting access to justice, the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, LACON, has appealed to lawyers to render quality services to their clients.
Director-General, Legal Aid of Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, made the appeal yesterday in Abuja at a two-day workshop tagged: ‘Providing Legal Aid Services: Quality, Efficiency, Accountability – Lessons learnt from Jordan and Nigeria.”
“The government has provided through the Legal Aid Council free lawyers for poor people,” Bob-Manuel stated, adding that the aim of the workshop was to help participants understand the critical role and balancing of the legal/constitutional rights of the clients with qualitative delivery of service.
“Today (yesterday) we are looking at the efficiency within us. The indigents have a constitutional right to lawyers, but do the lawyers give qualitative services?”
She expressed satisfaction over the achievements being recorded by the council from the various capacity building initiatives the members of staff were exposed to.
“We are all happy that though the council is underfunded and there are a myriad of challenges, our strategic development partners have continued to assist us achieve our mandate despite these challenges,” she said..
The DG urged the lawyers to ensure delivery of qualitative services to the indigents.
“We should be more efficient and be passionate, we should not look at the challenges while we are talking to the government to improve on the funding.