Commissioner Repositions Ministry of Justice
25 Jul 2011
The new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Assam E. Assam, SAN has expressed his intention to build a Ministry of Justice office that would adequately command the respect the Ministry deserves while providing professional legal services to the State. The structure when completed would provide for conference halls, meeting rooms, cloak rooms etc.
Chief Assam, SAN, made this known during his maiden meeting with staff in which he listed the right attitude to work, punctuality, formal dress code and ICT compliance as key areas in the pathway laid for the Ministry under his administration.
He called on all staff of the Ministry to be the vanguard for the protection of Government's image as his major assignment is to reverse the dent on the Government of the State arising from litigations on kidnapping, violence, insecurity and related cases which he said, have posed a serious distraction to development.
The Justice head used the forum to encourage Senior Law Officers of the Ministry to begin to vie for the exalted position of a SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) as he is ready to lead them, adding that they must also be involved in prosecuting appeal matters in order to get the needed exposure.
Chief Assam, SAN, commended the immediate past Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekpenyong Ntekim, Esq. for his courage in running the legal affairs of the State in spite of the challenges and hoped to build on his achievements.
Responding, the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Barr. (Mrs.) Gloria Umoren assured the Attorney-General of total co-operation and pledged staff loyalty that will surpass his expectations, adding that the Ministry recently showcased itself when her staff (a Law Officer) won the best Public Servant of the year 2011 Award in the just concluded Public Service Week.