LAGOS— Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, yesterday, called for the employment of well- trained persons in the drafting of the country’s laws, regretting that some laws were not properly harmonised.

He cited a law which had been passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President, but was gazetted as Bill instead of a law.

Speaking at the graduation of Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies, NIALS, in Lagos, for Higher Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Drafting, Justice Musdapher noted that poor legislative drafting was a major problem to the country’s laws.

He noted that there were instances where laws were made at the federal level, without repealing local laws on the same subject-matter, thereby creating the existence of two laws on the same matter. This, he argued, creates confusion in the application of such laws.

Director-General of NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge, SAN, who spoke at the event, which saw 38 graduates bagging LL.M. and 16, PGD all in Drafting, charged the graduands to champion the cause of legislative advocacy in the country.

He also charged them to assist in ensuring that bills drafted for lawmaking are such that will make their interpretation pleasurable for judges and lawyers.



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