By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Akwa Ibom State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, has lamented the lack of working materials in his ministry, particularly law reports and law books, saying that the situation was discouraging law officers in the Ministry.
Nwoko, who disclosed this yesterday at the ongoing budget defence organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations, pointed out that the importance and value of law reports to practising lawyers in handling issues of litigations cannot be overemphasised.
He said he has never seen a law firm run successfully without law reports, stressing that adequate materials encourages law officers’ performance, especially when they meet their counterparts outside.
He appealed to the committee to look into the problem of non- release of funding approved for the items which, according to him, was responsible for the inability of the Ministry to equip its library for some years now.
Nwoko said: “I happen to be a practising lawyer, so I have the capacity and responsibility to defend government and also in conjunction with law officers in my Ministry but the tools are lacking, especially law reports.
“Anybody involved in litigation must know and understand the value and importance of law reports. I have never seen a law firm run successfully without law reports.”