MALAMI RESTORES LAW REFORM COMMISSION'S MANDATE


By John Austin Unachukwu
He said: "By convention law revision is undertaken after every 10yearsandthisistoallowforlaws to be amended, repealed or new laws enacted. "The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) deemed it fit to restore to the Commission the mandate of Law revision. The Commission is ready to undertake this task and it has the capacity to deliver."

On the challenges before the commission, Magaji said: "The greatest challenge would be the issue of funding, but there is the willingness and determination on the part of the staff and legal experts in Nigeria to participate in the exercise and ensure that accurate laws as enacted by the National Assembly are produced. "It is also important to state that, record keeping culture in this country leaves a lot to be desired, as most institutions that should have copies of laws passed by the National Assembly and subsidiary legislation made in the past 10 years do not have them. "Also, serious research is being undertaken by consultants to identify laws or provisions of laws that have been struck down by courts within the periods under review are identified and deleted from the text of the law." On the scope of work involved in the exercise, he said: "Law revision exercise covers all federal laws in Nigeria. It includes laws enacted after 2002 to date, laws inadvertently omitted in Laws of Federation 2004, laws repealed by later laws, laws repealed by courts of competent jurisdiction and the 663 laws contained in Laws of Federation2004 "This law revision will culminate in the production of up to date and authentic Laws of the Federation of Nigeria(LFN) for Nigeria.

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