The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, last week in Abuja, stated that the Federal Government is currently developing an application for virtual proceedings in courts to enhance speedy justice delivery in the face of the current delays occasioned by the current COVID-19 Pandemic Abdullahi stated this while receiving newly elected officers of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) Abuja branch ( Unity Bar)
“The Federal Government is developing an application to enhance virtual proceedings in courts and allow for tendering of documenting evidence electronically.
The Ministry is working with its education counterpart to develop an application for seamless judicial processes and quick delivery of justice.
The minister urged legal practitioners in the country to adopt technology in streamlining judicial procedures.
“The legal profession is critical to science, technology, and innovation because scientific inventions and innovations can only be patented through the instrument of the law so as to ensure effective protection of intellectual property,’’he said.
The minister, therefore, called for greater collaboration between the ministry and the NBA
He stated that legal practitioners can assist the ministry and its agencies in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them and other relevant organisations within and outside the country.
In her response, the new Chairman of the association, Hauwa Shekarau, said the essence of their visit was to extend pleasantries to the minister as well as seek collaboration for mutual benefits. She described the minister as a patriot who believes in the service of the country and humanity.