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Yobe signs N65m contract to review obselete laws

21 December 2012, 11:05

Damaturu - The Yobe Government on Thursday signed a N65 million contract with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to review the state's existing laws.

The state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Ahmed Goniri, who signed on behalf of Yobe in Damaturu, said most laws were obsolete and did not reflect current realities.

He explained that the review was necessary because most of the laws were inherited from the defunct North Eastern and old Borno States, enacted in 1960s and 1970s.

"These laws have become obsolete, spent, and recondite and not addressing present day realities, constitutional developments and current challenges.

"Law review is usually done after every 10 years, therefore, reviewing our laws this time around is not only appropriate but long overdue," he stated.

Goniri said that a bill had been drafted to be presented to the state's House of Assembly to give legal backing to the exercise.

Secretary of the institute, Mr James Bathana, commended Yobe for updating its laws to address current day challenges.

He said that effort by the government in updating its laws was a shining example of a true democratic institution that promoting the rule of law.

He assured that the institution would use its best hands to review the laws and to provide the state with a document that would stand the test of time.

- NAN

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