Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA saved N300bn from ADR, to employ 45 lawyers -Umar

The General Counsel of the FCT, Mohammed Umar, has revealed that within the last one year, 50 percent cases of the FCTA have been handled by in-house counsels and over 200 out of court settlement of cases have saved the administration about N300 billion in 2018.   

Subsequently, the Federal Capital Territory Administration Legal Services secretariat has disclosed plans to employ no fewer than forty-five lawyers next year. 

Umar, who made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said this was to boost human resources capacity of the FCTA, and to save it cost of legal services.   

He further disclosed that following internalization of an alternative dispute resolution mechanism of the legal services secretariat, a 14-year-old protracted case of the 2004 FCDA/FCTA retirees, 7-year case between FCTA and African Reinsurance, a multinational corporation, and Japanese Embassy land matter among others have been resolved amicably 

Umar disclosed that the secretariat has embarked on the review and digitalization of the laws of the FCT to enhance the operational efficiency of the FCT and promote the delivery of justice within its jurisdictional authority. 



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