Â By Innocent Anaba
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, said yesterday that lawyers could play an active role in the promotion and protection of personal and social rights if they practise their profession with decency and excellence.
The AGF also charged young lawyers to imbibe the right attitudes, develop the appropriate competence and deploy their professional skills to solve societal problems in a constitutional manner.
Speaking at the Young Lawyers Conference in Lagos, with the theme, Mentoring Young Lawyers for Career Excellence, Adoke said the respect of Rule of LawÂ remains a cardinal principle of the present administration ofÂ President Goodluck Jonathan.
Similarly, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, decried the high cost of litigation in the country, saying it has made members of the public shy away from contracting the services of lawyers in business and economic transactions, adding that the state has tackled this challenge by introducing the Multi-Door Courthouse to fast-track the litigation process.
Represented by the State Solicitor-General, Mr Lawal Pedro, SAN, the Governor urged the elders in the legal profession to show more concern and stem the drift by encouraging young law graduates through proper mentoring.