CLEEN foundation has launched a resource centre for hosting corruption Judgments in Lagos state.
The Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Benson Olugbuo
said this project principally seeks to monitor cases of corruption in relation to the ACJA 2015 through a web-based platform- Uwazi which is functional, accessible and within the reach of the public.
He said the initiative is part of our ongoing project on Promoting Accountability and Transparency in the Administration of Criminal Justice System in Nigeria with the support of the MacArthur Foundation.
He said the Goal of the project is hinged on reducing corruption, promoting judicial transparency in processing anti-corruption cases; and enhancing accountability in the criminal justice system in Nigeria.
“This is with a view to make information (recent case laws- hard copies of court ruling/judgements with application of ACJA), on corruption and accountability easily accessible (online and offline) to legal practitioners, law enforcement agencies, Judges, Prosecutors, Defendants, government agencies responsible for the administration of criminal justice, civil society organizations working for justice sector reforms, legal scholars and researchers.
He said this reason that we are gathered here today to witness the launch of the centre which will serve as repository of hard copies of court rulings on corruption related cases and or financial crimes cases related to the administration of criminal justice for easy access and usage of legal practitioners and our state partners.
“For more impact-based monitoring and reporting of the administration of criminal justice system across our focal states.
“The State working group meeting has now been realigned to hold on a Bi-monthly basis.
“It is expected that our partners hosting the Centre will give updates on the resource centre and its successes at the meetings. Post-launch, we welcome you all to engage with the centre in advancing your work in the justice system.
“We must at this point appreciate the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch for taking the lead as the among our project working group members to host the resource centre,” he said.