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LCBP donates printers, computers to Justice

Jul 28, 2010, 12:18 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Legal Capacity Building Programme Phase II (LCBP) yesterday made a handsome donation of 10 printers and 14 computers worth D 925,000 to the Attorney General's Chambers and Ministry of Justice in Banjul.

The presentation ceremony was held at the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

The LCBP is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DfID), and has three main components namely, DfID's contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat Scheme (CSS), funding of Supreme Court sittings and DfID's support for developing legal sector institutions and their staff.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice , Edward Gomez, thanked the LCBP for the donation, declaring that the LCBP "is indeed a true friend of the Ministry of Justice".

"This donation is a clear testimony of how committed and concerned the LCBP is when it comes to the development of this country," Minister Gomez said.

He pointed out that their doors are always open to all stakeholders working for the development of this nation.

Adding that LCBP is very instrumental in nation-building, Mr. Gomez said the LCBP have also offered to sponsor two lawyers for oversea training which, he continued, is another clear indication of the programme's commitment to the Justice ministry's work.

The Minister told the donors that the donated items would be put to good use. Noting that the donated items would also help a good deal in storage of documents, he added that their job would be very difficult without such facilities.

Speaking earlier, Sanna Dahaba, the LCBP project coordinator, outlined the objective of the DfID project as seeking to strengthen the legal system through the introduction of incremental reforms that will improve efficiency and effectiveness, and better ensure access to justice for the poor.

Mr. Dahaba revealed that 10 computers and 10 printers were from DfID, while the DfID management Gambia-chapter also contributed four computers.

He asserted that DfID is here to play its quota in national development.

Pa Harry Jammeh, the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, was the master of ceremony.