Fagbohun Charges Govts To Make Judicial System Accessible, Effective In Nigeria

Prof. Fagbohun

Immediate past 8th Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun(SAN)(NPOM) has admonished government at all levels to make the judicial system accessible, efficient, effective, and reliable as a dispute settlement mechanism.

Fagbohun, also a Professor of Environmental Law said this while delivering the 10th convocation lecture of the Osun State University, (UNIOSUN), Osogbo on Tuesday in Lagos.

The theme of the convocation lecture was: “Towards Harnessing Intergenerational Opportunities For Inclusive Growth And Development in Nigeria”.

He said that making the judicial system accessible would significantly impact all other sectors in the country.

“Currently, it takes years to determine simple contractual disputes courtesy of needless adjournments and technicalities the weakness of which is exploited by litigants to the hilt.

“Same with other violations of law, frivolous reports made against judicial officers have left many of them demoralised and marginalised in their courtrooms, and thus, unable to boldly play their roles of promoting the rule of law.

“Corruption and lax standards will continue to degrade the integrity of our justice system until we entrench judicial ethics and accountability; strengthen court administration, efficiency, and transparency to speedily sanction violators,” Fagbohun said.

He noted that intergenerational opportunities were a model that enables the interaction of different generations for the mutual benefit of the different generations.

“At the heart of it is a sense of mission and purpose: to move away from the current paradigm which provides limited opportunities for interaction between generations to a setting which provides limitless opportunities for interaction.

“In better physical and mental health for the older generation, ability to learn and grow for the younger generation, and higher levels of satisfaction for all generations.

“One cannot be exhaustive on the promise that intergenerational opportunities can deliver across different sectors.

“However, one particular sector that I should not fail to mention is the agricultural sector because it remains the top sector of employment for young people.

“While the opportunities in the technology space and entertainment sector can be so glaring, the usual social stigma that young adults attach to agriculture should not be becloud the immense opportunities that intergenerational collaborations and partnerships can give,” Fagbohun said.

He charged graduands not to relent in growing their skills and competencies by diversifying their portfolio of skills.

“Aside from your core competence, learn a bit of how to: identify and access job opportunities, identify needs and opportunities of the markets within which you are situated, grow a business, and access finance.

“A number of such training you will find online at no cost. This is the way to prepare and be ready for opportunities and future employment prospects.

“Look for opportunities to diversify your mix of income (formal and informal opportunities with low barriers to entry) and keep your funds as much as you can by running away from wealth draining relationships while embracing wealth-creating relationships,” Fagbohun said.

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