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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged
 to partner with the FCT High Court for the establishment of a 
Children and Young Persons’ court in the FCT.

Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello who made
 the pledge  at the opening ceremony of the 2019/2020 legal 
year of the FCT High Court, said the FCTA will support the courts
 initiatives and innovations designed to ensure that an efficient
 justice dispensation system is entrenched in the FCT.

Malam Bello also pledged support for the High Court in its desire
 to make Abuja the Centre of Arbitration for local and international 
contracts. He said the move would be beneficial to the FCT
 considering the volume and importance of the transactions that 
occur in the nation’s capital.

The Minister commended the FCT judiciary for the innovations
 brought to FCT court system and processes, especially the 
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) option which, he said, 
has helped in settling many land and property disputes 
which usually proved to be expensive and time wasting at
 litigation.

In his words: “The Alternative Dispute Resolution approach to 
resolving matters, which you have often advocated, has helped 
in settling many disputes in the FCT, especially land and property
 disagreements which have often proven to be costly and time
 wasting had they gone to litigation.
“The innovations you have brought to the FCT court system 
and processes have encouraged many litigants to choose 
to have their cases heard in the FCT courts when such 
matters are sometimes outside your jurisdiction. This clearly 
demonstrates the level of confidence the general public has 
in our court processes here in the FCT”.

The Minister also used the occasion to assure residents and 
visitors of the FCT of the determination of the FCT Administration
 to keep the territory safe, free of criminalities, while stressing 
that random acts of criminality will not be allowed to define 
the FCT.

In his remarks, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice
 Ishaq Usman Bello, urged lawyers to cultivate the habit of doing
 pro bono work of providing legal services to those who cannot
 afford to pay the fees. He said lawyers who engage in pro
 bono services will be rewarded as he had already introduced 
a merit award for lawyers who engage in such selfless services in
 the FCT.

The Chief Judge also assured all residents and visitors of the FCT 
that all case determinations will be according to merits and 
supported by the law, adding that no political, social, economic
 and other consideration will influence the outcome of any case.


ANTHONY OGUNLEYE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
15/10/2019
FCTA/OCPS/PR/61

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