Capacity Building Will Continue to Receive Priority Attention says Delta Attorney-General

Wed Oct 26 2016

As part of measures to have a strong, competent and reliable workforce capable of delivering excellent and efficient service delivery, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor says training and retraining of staff of the Ministry will continue to receive priority attention

            The Attorney-General who maintained that sustained capacity building is crucial to the realization of governmental policies and programmes, declared that the capacity training programmes of the Ministry will continue to take Centre stage in his agenda for the Ministry.

            This was made known on Wednesday in Asaba by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice during another round of a one day in-house training programme organized for staff of the Ministry in various areas of the law, administrative matters and well as the civil service rules.

            The Justice Commissioner in his opening address while emphasizing the importance of the regular training programmes embarked upon by the Ministry, disclosed that the capacity building efforts will be sustained for more efficient and better service delivery.

            He said the over 60 legal and non-legal officers trained by the Ministry in Mediation in the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators will be formally inducted as Chartered Mediators and Conciliators before the end of November, 2016 in a ceremony that will be held in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.

            The Delta AG enjoined all Chartered Mediators in the Ministry including those to be inducted next month to brace up for the challenge ahead as they will be assigned to the Mediation Centers of the Ministry established in the twenty-five local Government Areas of the State as part of measures in promoting the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism for the amicable resolution of disputes.  He said the step is designed to promote peace and social harmony in the State in line with the SMART agenda of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

            While warning against all forms of unethical and unprofessional conducts especially disclosure of sensitive information to litigants which he said will not be tolerated by his office, the Attorney-General informed all State Counsel deployed to Ministries, Departments and Agencies that plans have been concluded to recall them back to the Ministry to boost up its human capacity. He said the move is to deploy them to handle more serious matters in order to accelerate the process of rendering legal opinion, prosecution of criminal cases and handling of civil litigations amongst others.

            The in-house training featured lectures on administrative matters with particular emphasis on standard procedures in opening and minuting of files and conducts that amounts to indiscipline in the service by the Director of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. Sunny Gbetsere.

            Lectures were also delivered by other resource persons including the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Ben Odigwe who gave a lecture on ‘The Evidence of the Child’, while the Director of Legal Drafting, Mr. Omamuzo Erebe presented a paper on ‘Criminal Trials.

            Papers were also delivered on ‘Mediation as alternative to litigations’ ‘Pleadings in Civil Matters’ and ‘Commencement of Action and Interlocutory Applications’ by Mrs. Patricia Omatsone, Director of People’s Rights, Mr. N.W Ogbogu, Director in charge of Civil Service Unit and Mr. Sunday Monye, Director of Civil Litigations respectively.

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