PPDC poised to ensure quality, timely justice delivery in Adamawa

Group photo of attendants at the PPDC meeting.
Group photo of attendants at the PPDC meeting.
PPDC poised to ensure quality, timely justice delivery in Adamawa

•Holds first quarterly meeting of the project advisory committee in Yola

The Public and Private Development Centre, (PPDC) with support from the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, has convened the first quarterly meeting of the Project Advisory Committee in Yola on Friday.

PPDC is a non-governmental organisation and social enterprise driven by the need for transparent and accountable government systems as well as empowering the citizens to actively participate in governance processes.

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It also aims to promote values and initiatives which drive institutional, behavioural and systemic change on a large scale and in a way that will benefit society and its development.

The organization is currently executing the Court Administration and Case Management (CACM) and the Second Phase of the Reforming Pre-Trial Detention in Nigeria (RPDN) projects across Adamawa, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory.

To ensure the seamless implementation of the RPDN Project in Adamawa State, PPDC convened the 1st quarterly meeting of the project advisory committee after it was officially inaugurated by the Chief Judge of Adamawa State.

PPDC had on February 8, 2024 supported the 1st Quarterly meeting of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) where all the stakeholders in the Justice Sector in Adamawa State met and renewed their pledge to perform their statutory duties in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice law, (ACJL) 2018.

During today’s meeting, Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Hapsat Abdurrahman who is the chairman of the Project Advisory Advisory Committee expressed delight over the intervention of PPDC on the access to justice project.

The chief judge who was represented by Chief Magistrate Admin, Mohammed Buba Abubakar said the judiciary is at all times ready to partner PPDC at ensuring access to justice for all citizens.

“The work of the Justice Sector is an enormous one and would require all hands to be on deck. The Adamawa State Judiciary is ready to adapt to the changing world by embracing technology to ease work of judicial officers,” she said.

In his speech, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adamawa State, Barr. Afaimu Jingi thanked PPDC for its timely intervention towards strengthening of the justice sector.

Jingi who was represented by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Adamawa State Ministry of Justice who is also the Chairman Justice Sector Reform Team, Barr. Isuwa noted that the intervention will address the gaps in accessing justice by the common man.

In their various contributions to the debate for the reformation of the sector,
the representatives of the Comptroller of Corrections, Director of Public Prosecution and Commissioner of Police respectively called on the Judiciary and PPDC to support non custodial sentencing and measures to decongest the correctional centers.

They also harped on the need to train Prosecutors, Area court Judges on the ACJL law and Penal Code laws. They also stressed the need to train investigators on effective Prosecutorial Skills in order to boost service delivery.

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