The Delta State Ministry of Justice as a statutory Ministry of Government is key to the successful implementation of governmental policies and programmes as it provides the necessary legal framework and advice for Government to achieve its overall objectives.
The Ministry of Justice as a service oriented delivery Ministry is crucial to the formulation of formidable legal instruments to drive the SMART agenda and the prosperity for all Deltans vision of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is empowered by Section 195 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (amended) where he derives his powers from as the Chief Law Officer of the State Government.
The Attorney-General works with the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary and with other Officers in the Ministry in performing the statutory functions conferred on the Ministry by law.
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY
The functions of the Ministry include:
Rendering of Legal advice to Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s)
Drafting of Bills and Regulations
Handling of litigations by or against Government in tax and revenue matters
Perform the functions of Administrator General and Public Trustee
Law Reporting, Review, Research and Publication
Drafting and vetting of contractual agreements and memorandum of understanding between Government and its contractors, other levels of Government, International Agencies and Multinational Corporations
Non-Adversarial dispute Resolution through reconciliation, arbitration and mediation
Promotion and Protection of Human Rights including the child’s right amongst others.
Under the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, the Ministry of Justice has received tremendous overhaul to deliver on its core mandate and serve as a vehicle to drive and provide a solid legal framework for the successful implementation of the SMART agenda of the government as well as the entrenchment of law and order, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Delta.
THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
The desire of the State Government to prevent crime and promote peace and security has also manifested in the vigorous reform process of the various aspects of our Criminal Jurisprudence, both substantive and procedural. To this end, the State is in the process of domesticating the Administration of Criminal Justice Act into a Law of the State.
A committee made up of eminent jurists, scholars and lawyers are presently working on the reform of our laws and are currently reviewing the Criminal Justice aspect of it. The Delta State Justice Sector Reform Committee was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in a formal ceremony on the 5th day of May, 2015 at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
A public hearing on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law took place on Tuesday 9th of August, 2016 at the State House of Assembly. It is hoped that with the passage of the Bill into law, our Criminal Procedure Law will experience its first major reform since 1945 and this will speed up the justice delivery process and make the state more attractive to investors.
Below are some of the legal instruments initiated by the Executive arm of government through the Ministry of Justice for the law and order and good governance of the State.
|1||A bill for a Law to amend the Delta State Economic Planning Council Law, 2008||Passed|
|2||A bill for a Law to prohibit Terrorism, cultism and the use of bombs and other explosives and for other matters connected thereto||Passed|
|3||A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment, composition and functions of an Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy and for Purposes Connected therewith||Passed|
|4||A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Investments Development Agency with responsibility for the Regulation and Administration of Investments in Infrastructural Development through Public Private Partnership and other Matters Connected therewith||Passed|
|5||A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Scholarship Board and for Matters Connected thereto||Passed|
|6||A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency for the Regulation of Outdoor Structures of Advertisement and for other matters Connected thereto||Passed|
|7||A bill for a Law to prohibit kidnapping, hostage taking and for other matters connected thereto The Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law 2016 has very novel provisions as it seeks to punish all those involved with the commission of the offence including conspirators, those who aid and abet the Kidnappers, owners of properties used to house victims and telecommunication companies which refuse to assist in the investigation of the matter. Victims of the offence who refuse to testify during the trial of accused persons are also liable to be punished. The stringent provisions of this Law will send the required signal that the State takes its responsibilities to provide security for its citizenry and investors seriously.||Passed|
|8||A bill for a Law to repeal the Delta State College of Physical Education Mosogar Law, 2002|
|9||A bill for a Law to provide for the Collection Of Haulage fees from Lorries, Trailers and Truck Operators in Delta State and for other matters connected thereto|
|10||A bill for a Law to provide for the Collection of Metal/Steel Scraps from vehicles operators, the registration of Scraps Vendors operating within Delta State and for other Matters Connected thereto|
|11||A bill for a Law to amend the Privatization and Commercialization Law, 1994 Cap p.12 Vol. IV Laws of Delta State, 2008|
|12||A bill for a Law to Regulate the Retirement Age of State-owned Tertiary Institutions in the State and for other Matters Connected therewith|
|13||A bill for a Law to Regulate the Retirement Age of State-owned Tertiary Institutions in the State and for other Matters Connected therewith|
|14||A bill for a Law to Amend the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law, 2016||Passed|
|15||A bill for a Law to Repeal the Delta State Peace and Vigilante Commission Law, 2013 and to Enact a bill for a Law to Establish the Delta State Peace and Vigilante Commission and for other Matters Connected thereto|
|16||A bill for a Law to Repeal the Public Procurement Commission Law, 2008 and to Enact the Delta State Public Procurement Commission Law, 2016.|
|17||A bill for a Law to Amend the Traditional Rulers Council and Chiefs Law, 2006 in respect of the Ukwata of Umukwata|
MoUs ENTERED INTO BY DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT
These MoUs govern Government’s relationship with the aforementioned Institutions/Bodies and to create obligations, responsibilities and to provide an avenue for further contractual legal obligations if and when the need arises.
1. Delta State Government and Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) (An MoU to establish an enabling environment through collaboration that will address the key barrier of access to finance to developing accessible and affordable housing in Delta State which will set a growth process in motion that will deliver affordable houses to Deltans)
2. Delta State Government and North China Railway
(An MoU to execute various infrastructural projects ranging from World Class Office Projects to Erosion Control, Urban Renewal etc)
3. Delta State Government and Darcano Integrated Services Ltd and Al’Huda Properties Ltd. (An MoU to build a Commercial City in Asaba)
4. Federal Government of Nigeria and Delta State Government (An MoU to provide for a National Social Safety Net Programme (NASSP) involving cash transfers to poor and vulnerable Nigerians in order to reduce the increasing rate of poverty.)
5. Delta State Government and Digital Gaming Systems Ltd. (An MoU establishing a State owned lottery to improve revenue generation in the State and provide employment/entertainment platform for residents of Delta State.)
6. Delta State Government and Mobile Software Solutions Ltd and Consortium (An MoU to establish an ICT based on PPP alliance to drive development to the different sectors of the State).
7. Delta State Government and Yutai Li Nigeria Limited.
(An MoU to provide sustainable solar power generation which is to be located between Umunede and Otolokpo).
8. Delta State Government and Alpha Energy and Electric. Inc. & Groups.
(An MoU aimed at performing detailed technical due diligence to identify probable locations, size, technology and initial cost of power generation plants).
9. Delta State Government and Samsung Electronics.
(An MoU to equip an ICT Centre to train 50 teachers who will in turn train other teachers on Information Technology).
10. Delta State Government and Cosmopolitan. (An MoU to build a 200 bed Hospital)
11. Delta State Government and Multichoice Nigeria Ltd.
(An MoU to provide virtual learning in classrooms with the aid of satellite connections).
12. Delta State Government and Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) (An MoU to establish a research Centre in Delta State).
13. Delta State Government and Federal Government of Nigeria (An MoU to establish an incubation centre in Warri).
Renovation of Ministry of Justice Headquarter buildings
Provision of over 230 laptops equipped with e-library (Law Pavilion) for lawyers and non-legal Officers
Provision of modern office furniture
Provision of Internet Connectivity
Refurbishment of over 5 abandoned official vehicles
Provision of air conditioners
Provision of photocopiers