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FG tasks legal practitioners on adoption of ICT for seamless procedures

By Juliet Umeh

The Federal Government has called on the legal practitioners to adopt technology in streaming judicial processes and for quick delivery of justice.

The Minister of State for Science and Technology Barrister Abdullahi made the call when the Executive of the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja recently.

Abdullahi also told NBA that the ministry is developing application to enhance virtual proceedings in courts and allow for tendering of documenting evidence electronically.

According to him, the Ministry is working with its education counterpart to develop application for a seamless judicial processes and quick delivery of justice.

He said: “The legal profession is critical to science, technology and innovation. Scientific inventions and innovations can only be patented through the instrument of law so as to ensure effective protection of intellectual property.”

The Minister therefore called for greater collaborations between the Ministry and the Nigerian Bar Association.

He explained that legal practitioners can assist the Ministry and its agencies in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them and other relevant organisations within and outside the country.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Hauwa Shekarau said the essence of their visit is to extend pleasantries to the Minister as well as seek collaboration for mutual benefits.

She describes the Minister as a patriot who believes in the service of the country and humanity.

 

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