140m Nigerians lack access to justice – Hague

About 140 million Nigerians are among the 5.1 billion people in the world that lack access to justice, Country Director, Hague Institute of Innovations of Law (HIIL), Mrs. Ijeoma Nwafor has said.

She said this while addressing the Justice Transformation Lab in Kaduna, adding that 11 million residents in Kaduna State also lacked access to justice.

According to her, the Hague Institute of Innovations of Law came into being in Nigeria in 2018 and had been in Imo State before coming to Kaduna State, adding that it is ready to help 150 million Nigerians have access to justice by solving the most urgent and most important of their justice challenges in the next nine years.

She added, “We want to help 150 million Nigerians solve their most pressing justice problems by 2030. This is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The Country Director explained that HIIL intervention is hinged on five pillars such as working from data, applying best practices, scaling game-changers, creating enabling environment for actionable plans, and strengthening the movement to ensure that people-centered justice is possible in Kaduna and in Nigeria.

Responding, the Attorney General of Kaduna State and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Aisha Dikko, said that HIIL as an organization focuses on a user-friendly approach to provide access to justice.

She opined that the collaboration would support the justice sector in identifying key issues and practical solutions to the administration of justice in Kaduna State.

She expressed the belief that the engagement and outcome will birth the first Justice Transformation Lab in Kaduna State, saying that the Ministry of Justice is determined to work with all stakeholders in focussing on effectively achieving its mandate.

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