Fear of Layoffs at NDLEA, Code of Conduct Bureau Amid Tinubu’s Plans to Overhaul Agencies

by Ohepo Ohepo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Code of Conduct Bureau, Public Complaints Commission, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and Legal Aid Council are among the Nigerian government agencies whose chief executives are reportedly concerned about President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s plans to restructure the agencies.

Several sources tell The Bureau Newspaper that this is a component of the proposals for the reform of the court system.

It seems there’s a significant shake-up on the horizon for Nigeria’s justice sector. Reports suggest that some personnel within various agencies might face termination, while others could be reassigned. This wave of reforms isn’t confined to one agency; it could extend to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and High Courts.

Scheduled after the National Summit on Justice later this month, these reforms aim to align with President Tinubu’s agenda to protect citizens’ rights, enhance access to justice, and expedite legal proceedings. However, this overhaul has left many agency heads anxious.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) appears to be a focal point of these reforms due to concerns over low prosecution rates, internal discord, and administrative issues. Despite General Buba Marwa’s commendable performance, there’s speculation about his future, with suggestions of a possible ambassadorial role.

President Tinubu’s commitment to the rule of law is evident, and the Justice Sector Reform seeks to address systemic issues within various institutions, including the judiciary, NDLEA, Nigerian Correctional Service, and others.

The forthcoming summit aims to review and adopt a revised National Policy on Justice, focusing on prison reforms, electoral laws, and ensuring justice for all Nigerians. It also intends to streamline judicial processes, reduce delays, and ease the burden on the Supreme Court.

In essence, these reforms signify a concerted effort to create a more just and equitable legal system in Nigeria, fostering social cohesion, economic development, and good governance.


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