The legal unit of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commenced training of legal officers in the scheme across the country in line with the Council of Legal Education Policy on continuing legal education trainings and re-training of legal officers to enhance their competence and capacity building on legal service delivery.
Declaring the training open in Abuja Tuesday, the director general, Brigadier General Muhammed Fadah, said the conduct of the training with the theme “The Role of the Legal Officers in Delivering Quality Legal Service in Nigeria,” is timely and of essence as it will equip participants, especially the newly converted legal officers, with better knowledge and understanding of their expected roles in legal service delivery in the scheme and Public/Civil Service in general.
“It is worthy of note that the legal unit has been very outstanding in handling litigations for the scheme. In addition, the Corps Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), through effective supervision by the unit has made remarkable impact in complementing government’s efforts towards reforming our justice system. It has also achieved a lot by enlightening the general public on legal matters, provision of legal services for indigent persons, as well as, decongestion of Correctional Centres by securing the release of inmates who are incapable of paying fines.
“At this point, let me commend all legal officers for the contributory roles they played in the achievement of successes recorded so far and urge them to keep on the good work to enable further successes. On the part of management, 1 pledge our commitment to give the unit all necessary support in order to consolidate on these successes,” he said.
IWelcoming the participants, the director, Legal Services, Ahmed Ibrahim, said the unit has achieved a lot in the discharge of its responsibilities to the scheme, particularly in the areas of litigation and representation of the Scheme in Civil and Criminal Matters as well as effective supervision of the Corps Legal Aids Scheme which has led to their remarkable contribution to government’s effort at reforming the judicial system.