By Stanley Onyekwere
The Legal Services Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed plans to employ no fewer than forty-five lawyers next year.
The General Counsel of the FCT, Mohammed Umar, who made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said this was to boost human resources capacity of the FCTA, to save it cost of legal services.
Umar revealed that within the last one year, 50% cases of the FCTA have been handled by in-house Counsels and over 200 out of court settlement of cases have saved FCTA about N300 billion in the last year.
He further disclosed that following internalization of an alternative dispute resolution mechanism of the Legal Services Secretariat, a 14-year-old protracted case of the 2004 FCDA/FCTA retirees the 7 years case between FCTA and African Reinsurance, a multinational corporation, Japanese embassy land matter among others have been resolved.
Umar disclosed that the Legal Services Secretariat has embarked on the review and digitalization of the laws of the FCT to enhance the operational efficiency of the FCT and promote the delivery of justice within its jurisdictional authority.