It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the launch of the Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015. Lagos has always taken the lead in Legislation and Law Reform initiatives in the Nigerian Federation.
The need for legislation to be up to date and relevant cannot be over-emphasised in ensuring the necessary legal infrastructure for socio-economic transformation. Lagos as the commercial capital of Nigeria faces enormous challenges in ensuring the security and economic well-being of its residents.
The publication of the 2015 Laws of the State, marks the beginning of the process of continually making the Laws accessible to the general public not only in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, but also beyond its borders globally.
The State Government has resolved to also make the Laws of Lagos State available online and accessible from any part of the world.
To this end, Lagos State Law Reform Commission is at an advanced stage of developing an online platform for accessing the Laws of the State and downloading such laws. The online platform will also provide access to all the Laws that have operated in the State since inception in 1967. This will fulfil the obligation of the Lagos State Government to create easy access to the Laws of Lagos, thereby promoting a platform for accountability and responsibility.
More importantly, creating an online access to the Laws of Lagos State will be of a great service and benefit to investors and would-be investors in the State. Not only will such a platform enable investors to make informed decisions about investing in the State, but it will also help them to appreciate the various legal protections available for their persons and investment.
Furthermore, the publication of the Laws of Lagos State is a step in the direction of the justice and security sector reforms which the present administration promised it will pursue in order to strengthen the rule of law in Lagos State.
The publication of the 2015 Edition would not have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of the Lagos State House of Assembly for passing the laws contained in the compilation. The passage of the Laws by the State House of Assembly attests to the fact that it is the most active and vibrant legislative body in the whole of Nigeria. We cannot also but commend Lagos State Law Reform Commission for the initiative and effort resulting in the publication of the Laws of Lagos State 2015.
On this note, I whole-heartedly commend the Laws of Lagos State 2015 to the general use of all of us.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State
8th December, 2015