The Plateau State House of Assembly passed a bill to establish a Law Reform Commission and another account to create a Mediation Centre. The Deputy Speaker, Fom Gwottson, made this announcement, emphasizing these legislations’ significance in a Sunday statement. The bills were scrutinised by relevant stakeholders in the Justice Sector, government institutions, civil society organizations, and citizens before being passed into law with affirmative majority votes from the lawmakers.
The Law Reform Commission will be responsible for comprehensive research, review, and continuous improvement of state laws and Local Government by-laws in line with the prevailing state, national, and international norms. Additionally, the commission will focus on codifying these laws and bye-laws.
On the other hand, the Mediation Centre Commission will mediate disputes such as landlord and tenant matters, employment contracts, family issues, and debt-related conflicts. The center will also provide free legal services and advice, especially to indigent citizens of the state.
Philemon Daffi, the Plateau State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice expressed the importance of these laws for the state’s progress, particularly considering the state’s inherited debt of N307 billion. He emphasized the need to establish platforms that attract resources to the Ministry of Justice from various parts of the world.