Legal Aid Scheme inaugurates Yendi Scheme

Yendi (NR), Nov 19, GNA – The Legal Aid Scheme has inaugurated its Yendi Office to provide free legal services and advice to the poor and vulnerable in the municipality and its environs.
The Yendi Legal Aid Scheme’s Office, which was established with sponsorship from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was to promote and consolidate peace and development in the Yendi Municipality.

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, charged the Yendi Legal Aid Scheme to work to ensure constitutional democracy, rule of law and access to justice for all.

Alhaji Limuna said legal aid services were relevant for the development of the country and urged all who would require such services to visit the office for assistance.

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100 To receive free legal services

About 100 people in and around the Yendi Municipal Assembly in the Northern Region are to receive free legal services. This is by courtesy of a five-day clinic being organised by the Legal Aid Scheme (LAS) in the area.

Five lawyers, including the Executive Director of LAS, Mr Yahaya Alhassan Seini, and the Executive Director of Legal Resources Centre, Ms Daphne Lariba Nabila, are participating in the clinic, which opened on Monday and scheduled to end on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Issues to be mediated at the clinic include child maintenance, tenancy disagreements, land disputes and debt recovery. The opening of the legal aid clinic followed the inauguration of an office for the LAS in Yendi on Monday.

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UNDP supports access to justice for the poor and vulnerable in Yendi

The people of Yendi in the Northern Region and surrounding communities will now have access to free legal services, thanks to the support of UNDP and partners including the Legal Aid Scheme, Legal Resources Centre and the Yendi Municipal Assembly for the launch of the Legal Aid office in the area.

The Legal Aid Scheme which targets the poor and vulnerable including persons with disability, women, children and the aged provides free legal advice and education to help the poor to make informed choices on ways to secure justice and access their rights. The scheme also assists the people through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve their disputes.

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