Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has called on lawyers to cultivate the habit of writing books in order to help the growth and development of law and society.
He spoke at the public presentation of a book on civil litigation written by a judge in the state, Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie.
Governor Fashola also assured that the state government would encourage legal scholarship.
He said this is necessary because the law is the bedrock of society hence the need to give it a solid foundation.
Earlier, the former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, CON, spoke on the need for legal scholarship encouraging the state government to take the lead in establishing a forum for legal scholarship.
He also said there is the need for a vibrant law reform and to have a record of legal history in the 100 years of Nigeria’s existence.
Also speaking at the event, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Justice of the Supreme Court, recommended the book containing law report, a quick reference and an index to all.
The authour-judge, Justice Adefope-Okojie, in her response at the launching of the book titled: ‘Civil Litigation- A Quick Reference Guide To Substantive Law and Procedure’, said she was motivated by the need for judges to be adequately equipped to give bench rulings especially on recondite points and issues,hence this way of giving back to the society for the way God has blessed her.
The event was a season of honour and accolades as stakeholders in the judicial sector gathered to celebrate her, pouring encomiums for documenting her judicial experience of 27 years of law practice in the 537 page book.