Delta Budgets N300mn As Car Loans For Legal Officers
The Delta State government has disclosed that it made a budgetary provision of N300 million as car loans to lawyers in the Ministry of Justice, in the year 2018.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, who disclosed this on Friday while receiving in audience the newly elected executive members of the State Chapter of Law Officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN), said the provision will enhance the transportation needs and personal security of ministry’s legal officers.
He said the provision, which is a new head in the 2018 budget, was different from the amount captured for general car loan for civil servants in the State which is domiciled in the Office of the Head of Service.
Mrakpor while explaining the rationale for the special provision, said it was aimed at supporting legal officers to purchase their personal vehicles to ease their movement to court.
He noted that owing to the sensitive nature of their work which involves carrying of bulky sensitive case files and their personal safety, the Governor approved a head as car loan special provision for lawyers.
While congratulating the new executives of the Law Officers Association for a peaceful election and transition, the Justice Commissioner charged legal officers in the State to imbibe personal developmental culture and comply with the standard behavior expected of them as legal practitioners and that of the civil service.
He debunked the rumour that he was a tribalist as a result of certain decisions he took regarding the posting of some senior officers to some Agencies of Government as Executive Secretaries.
He explained that the decision was in the best interest of the Ministry and the beneficiaries as according to him, the status of the three Executive Secretaries appointed from the Ministry was equivalent to that of a Permanent Secretary.
He promised to deploy some legal officers those Agencies for the establishment of their Legal Departments.
On welfare of legal officers and staff, the Attorney-General maintained that he was irrevocably committed to staff’s welfare as the
Ministry has worked out modalities to disburse enhanced monthly imprest to all Departments and Zonal Offices for effective service delivery while the issue of payment of all backlog of claims is receiving priority attention.
He pleaded with staff who were yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card to do so without delay even as he promised to increase the number of participants from the Ministry to the annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Earlier, the newly elected Chairman of the LOAN, Delta State Chapter, Barr. Thomas Anigara, who led other executive members, told the Justice
Commissioner that the visit was to formally introduce members of the new executive of the body to him.
Anigara who presented various issues affecting legal officers, ranging from training and retraining, and general welfare of his members to the Attorney-General, also expressed his willingness to partner with the Attorney-General for the mutual benefits and good of both lawyers and the Ministry.