Government has hired a Nigerian-born expert of law revision. According to the Attorney General
Chambers, Justice Abdullahi Zuru, will be working as a consultant in the Parliamentary Drafting Division of the Chambers and the Ministry of Legal Affairs
Zuru is a national of Nigeria where he received both his Secondary and University education then graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. LL.B (Hons). In 1978, he was called to the Nigerian Bar and enrolled as a Barrister and Advocate of Nigeria. In 1983, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Legislation (LL.M) from the same University and was admitted to the Canadian Bar.
On his return to Nigeria in 1984, Justice Zuru was appointed Secretary to the Law Reform Commission, Sokoto State, Nigeria. Then In 1988, he was elevated to the post of Director of Legislative Drafting, Sokoto State, Nigeria. Among some of the major assignments he undertook, in addition to his regular schedule of duties in these positions, was to participate in the six months National Law Reform Exercise to remove all pre-1900 English Statutes from the Nigerian Statute Books.
In 1990, he was promoted to the post of Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Sokoto State, Nigeria.
In addition to his regular scheduled duties, he participated as a member of the Governship Election Tribunal in Benue State, Nigeria.
Justice Zuru also served in the Nigerian and Niger Boundary Dispute Commission, as the Chairperson of the State’s Housing Loans Committee and as a Director of the Arewa Hotels Board of Directors (Government’s own Hotels outfit).
In 1992, Justice Abdullahi Zuru was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Kebbi State, Nigeria. In 1998, the Government of Zanzibar, Tanzania recruited him as its pioneer Chairman of the Law Reform Commission. During his tenure, the entire laws of Zanzibar were revised.
Also during the same period, he initiated the establishment of the Association of Eastern and Southern African Law Reform/Revision Commissions and acted as its Chairperson until he left Zanzibar.
Justice Zuru, in the year 2002, moved to UNDP Uganda to assist the Government of Uganda to fight corruption and to participate in the activities of the Uganda Law Reform Commission. Among the laws reformed during his stay in Uganda, were the Uganda Family Laws.
In 2005, he moved to Fiji under the CFTC Program as Consultant and Law Revision Commissioner in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Suva. Then he was also called to the Fiji Bar in 2006. Under the same program, Justice Zuru moved to the CARICOM Secretariat as consultant Legislative Drafting and Law Revision Consultant to the Member States of the Organization.
So far, in the Caribbean, he has supervised the revision of the laws of Grenada done by LexisNexis. He undertook the revision of the Laws of Belize which are being published by the Regional Law Revision Centre, Anguilla. Justice Zuru has also prepared a preliminary law revision format for the Commonwealth of Dominica, pending the permission from the Commonwealth Secretariat to commence the revision exercise in that State. He has revised the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda up to 2015. He has also corrected errors and omissions made in the 2010 revised Laws of Guyana.
In addition to his regular scheduled Law Revision duties, he participates in facilitating and providing the Legislative Drafting needs of the CARICOM Member States, as well as providing manpower training to the personnel of the Member States in Legislative Drafting and Law Revision.
Justice Zuru was recommended by the Commonwealth Secretariat to act as an external tutor for students from CARICOM States who have received Commonwealth scholarships to study for the online Diploma in Legislative Drafting at Athabasca University, Canada.
He has a number of unpublished works.
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