Lagos targets 60 days for landlord-tenant dispute resolution

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Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN)

In a bid to ensure the expeditious dispensation of justice, the Lagos State Government has expressed its commitment to resolving landlord-tenant disputes within a 60-day timeframe in court. The State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN), conveyed this commitment during a recent interaction with judiciary correspondents.

Emphasizing the importance of upholding law and order in the state to bolster investor confidence, Pedro highlighted collaborative efforts between the executive, legislature, and judiciary to establish an environment where the rule of law prevails.

“The issue of landlord and tenants will be given adequate attention to ensure that such matters in court do not last more than 60 days in our court. We are working towards ensuring that appeals on such matters do not deprive house owners of getting arrears of rent from their property,” Pedro stated.

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He further assured the public that state laws would be rigorously enforced to foster economic activities and safeguard investments. Pedro disclosed ongoing efforts to amend outdated laws to align with current realities, with the Law Reform Commission actively reviewing obsolete statutes in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s vision, according to Pedro, is to leverage the justice system to drive economic activities and investments in Lagos. He cited existing legal frameworks such as the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and recent reviews of civil procedure laws as part of the state’s commitment to this vision.

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Addressing concerns about the wave of demolitions by the government, Pedro stressed the importance of voluntary compliance with the law. He urged the media to play a role in enlightening and educating the public on the necessity of obeying laws, particularly in relation to construction and building approvals.

“When the law is applied to bring down the house, he begins to appeal to sentiment. We must begin to advise residents to obey the law as regards building in the right places and getting the appropriate approvals,” Pedro remarked. He also clarified that the government typically issues contravention notices well in advance, allowing individuals to rectify violations before resorting to demolition measures.

Source: Punch Ng

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