12. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐥 𝐎𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
One of the major responsibilities of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice consists in counseling the State in all legal matters. It has the major role of promoting and enhancing justice for all, the rule of law and good governance. The year 2022 was a remarkable year in the Justice sector in the
country, Malami gave sound and qualitative legal opinion to President Mahammadu Buhari, especially in the areas of economy, politics,
health, gender based violence, security, signing of mutual agreement and international cooperation. With his sound legal views and collaborative support from relevant stakeholders Nigeria was saved from chaos and economic distress. The Ministry received 365 requests for Legal Opinion and 392 requests for contract approval during the period under review and all requests have been treated and approved.
13. 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐋𝐚𝐰 𝐨𝐟:
(𝐀) 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐜𝐭 The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice saw to the signing to law of the 2022 Electoral Act. The office gave support to review all the existing laws, providing a comprehensive and appropriate service to ensure that Nigeria and Nigerians get patriotic and deserving leadership through free, fair and credible elections. The Electoral Act 2022 guarantees constitutional rights of citizens to vote effectively, deployment of technology to engender clarity and transparency of the election process and minimize acrimonies arising from dissatisfied candidates and political parties.
(𝐁) 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
In an effort to support the United Nations fight against global warming, the office of Attorney General of the Federation and Minster
of Justice facilitated the signing into law of the Climate Change Act 2022. This Act provides for the establishment of national climate change council, puts in place adaptive and mitigation measures to check the impact of climate change, regulate, and maintain low greenhouse emissions, set a carbon budget that can be spent in a year to minimize global warming, among others.
(𝐂) 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 (𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧) 𝐀𝐜𝐭, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 – The office works round the clock to ensure that Nigerian legal system is up-to-date with existing laws. The Minister through the instrumentality of the law saw to the signing in to law the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022. The Act is a legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for the detection, prevention, prohibition, prosecution, and punishment of acts of terrorism, terrorism financing, proliferation and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Nigeria, in line with Article 41 of the Charter of the United Nations.
(𝐃) 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 Through the dogged determination of the Attorney General and Minster of Justice, Nigeria addresses oil theft including spending enormous resources on Pipeline Surveillance Security through the regular Armed Forces budgetary spending, and payments to Civilian Security Companies under unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements. While attending Nigeria International Partnership Forum with the theme ‘Scaling up International Economic Partnerships for Nigeria in a Post Covid – 19 World’ in New York, USA, Malami noted that the Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria has taken operational and strategic measures to enhance the fortunes of the nation’s petroleum sector through the signing into law of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 (PIA) after several years of Legislative processing and series of review.
In view of the monumental accomplishments and remarkable achievements recorded, it was not, therefore, surprising for Malami to have received the envious and prestigious national honour as the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) by President Muhammdu Buhari in addition to awards as Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) by the River State Governor Nysome Wike as well as Grand Commader of Ebonyi Hall of Fame (GCEHF) by the Ebonyi State Governor, David Nweze Umahi. He was recognized at home (Kebbi State) with conferment of traditional titles among many trophies, encomiums and accolades received.
𝐃𝐫. 𝐔𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐉𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐮 𝐆𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐮
𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬,
𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲-𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞.
𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑