P&ID: Malami attributes success to collective efforts

• As FG moves to launch national arbitration policy

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has said that the successes recorded at the on-going P&ID arbitration case in the United Kingdom was a product of collective institutional collaboration and not attributable to a single individual personality.

A statement by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, to the AGF on Wednesday Malami stated this at “The Morning Show” program of the Arise Television while discussing the recent developments related to Nigeria’s arbitration on the embattled P&ID contract agreement.

“I wonder how one personality can claim victory associated with an institution. Neither the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation -that developed witnesses’ statements in support of the case that led to the victory nor Abubakar Malami (SAN) (as the AGF and Minister of Justice) can in law and logic claim an exclusively personalized victory over a product of intergovernmental, inter-ministerial and multiple-agency collaborative venture,” he said.

According to Malami, in addition to the Office of the AGF and Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Police, Ministries of Information and Foreign Affairs, Central Bank of Nigeria and other related agencies played an extra-ordinarily vital role in the processes and developments that culminated into this landmark victory for the county.

He said with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government the era of impunity and compromise that were embedded into the government system was over and the new culture of uncompromising stance for the public interest has come to stay.

The Minister who described the successes recorded by the Nigeria government in the recent UK court judgment on P&ID issue as unprecedented said investigations are ongoing and all those who played roles in the sham called contract will be made to face the wrath of the law.

In another development, Malami said the Federal Government was working assiduously to come out with National Arbitration Policy.

“It is our intention to look at the existing legislation, possibility of enhancing them for the purpose of establishing the national interest as the major enabler of, perhaps, an amendment to the existing legislation if the need for doing so arises.

“We are not ruling out the possibility of bringing about Executive Orders to compliment the same if the need arises. So, indeed we are looking at the possibility of having in place effective legal framework, national policy and associated legislation that will assist the process,” Malami said.

He said arising from the evolution of arbitrations, as per as the Nigerian state is concerned, the government has established very efficient and reputable centres of arbitrations in Lagos and Abuja.



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