By Shola Akingboye, 29th April 2022
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set up a law pavilion (law Library) with the state of the art facilities to ease reportresearcharches for its staff and external users within the human rights community.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu (SAN), according to a statement by the commission, stated this at the official presentation of the pavilion to the staff of the NHRC.
It stated that the idea behind the library is to keep abreast with trendsl trend as well as improve the services of legal officers.
According to Ojukwu, he noted that, the legal officers of the Commission will find the pavilion very useful, having charged with litigation of civil cases on human rights, and in defense of the Commission against legal action, including provision of other legal services to the Commission vis-à-vis drafting agreements, MOUs and other legal documents, observing proceedings as Amicus Curiae on human rights matters, coordinating the Commission’s programme on Pro Bono services and reviewing legislbye-lawsbye laws, and other administrative provisions by Federal, States and Local Governments Areas in the country, among others.
The NHRC Boss said that the law pavilion is a result-driven and revolutionary software designed to provide legal practitioners with the advantages of convenient, research-advanced, efficient and cost-effective legal practice.
The pcanacity to showcase fede l laws together with relevant case laws interpreting such laws, thereby equipping the Commission’s staff not only with the letters ofthe law, but also with the spirit behind the law interpreted by jurists, Ojukwu sa, therefore,erefore charged the legal and investigation officers to make maximum use of the pavilion, saying that “there will be no more excuse for both lawyers and investigation officers for not citing apprlegislationslations or authorities to back up their reports and recommendations.
In conclusion, he reminded the legal and investigation officers of the NHtheirat there reports should be of the jurisprudential quality of the judgement of the High Court, pointing out that with the amendment of the NHRC Act in 2010, the decisions and recommendations of the Commission can be registered as decisions of High Court and made enforceable as such.