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Why global access to justice study is impacting societies and economies

The recent studies of the World Justice Project (WJP) and The Hague Institute for Innovative Law (HiiL) have exposed the impact of lack of access…

The recent studies of the World Justice Project (WJP) and The Hague Institute for Innovative Law (HiiL) have exposed the impact of lack of access to justice on economic development in Nigeria and across the globe.

The Chief Executive Officer of HilL, Sam Muller, gave a detailed description of the global access to justice landscape through the presentation of the 2023 report on the justice needs and satisfaction in Nigeria, impacts on six out of eight billion people worldwide.

He, however, observed that change has started in the last five years with a movement towards people-centred justice through the work being done in Nigeria.

The data show that 81 per cent of Nigerians encountered a legal problem in 2023, one-third said the cases are still ongoing, while 82 per cent of them considered the resolution fair or very fair.

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The justice acceleration programme, scaling programme and innovation labs done in Imo, Kaduna and Ogun states, as pilot states have put Nigeria in a better state to attain the level of outcomes, solutions and impact in achieving the aim of using innovations to close the justice gap.

The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has maintained that it will continue to partner with all agencies working on access to justice in the country.

Tony Tar wrote from Gwagwalada, Abuja

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