Lagos OPD, NBA collaborate on rendering free legal service to Lagosian
The Director, Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemi has applauded a request by the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikorodu branch, to collaborate with the Office in its service delivery to the indigent and less privileged in the State.
Adeyemi, who stated this while responding to the request of the NBA delegation on a courtesy visit to the Agency, added that over the years, the Office has evolved as a platform and voice for victims of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Assault, Defilement and Rape amongst others, stressing that OPD is ready to work harmoniously with relevant stakeholders in the State in ensuring that crime rate is reduced to barest minimum in the society.
According to her “We are a body established by Lagos State Government to offer free legal services to the indigents, irrespective of gender, age, tribe and religion, with a focus on the socio-economic rights of women, children and persons with disability in Lagos State”.
Adeyemi said that the State Government will not rest on its oars until Lagos is crime free which, she noted, cannot be achieved without the support of the citizens and associations.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch, Barrister Bayo Akinlade had explained that the purpose of the courtesy visit was to synergise with the Office in carrying out its enormous duties effectively to the people of the State.
He said the Association is interested in partnering with the Office in rendering free legal services to residents in the society irrespective of gender, age, tribe and religion.
According to him, “Having witnessed the good things the State Government has done in rendering free legal service to protect the rights of indigent citizens, the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch, realised that as a body of Lawyers the Association has an important role to play in bringing succour to the people of the State’’.
“The purpose of the courtesy visit to OPD is basically to support and collaborate with the Office to chart new ways in rendering free legal service to the less privileged as there are a lot of people in the State that need legal counselling”, he said.
Akinlade explained that there is need to support the Government of the State in helping those that cannot afford the cost of a lawyer, saying that the Association would render its services in any area the Office of the Public Defender desires.