A Nigerian-born lawyer, Kaycee Madu has made history after being appointed a Minister of Justice and solicitor-general of Alberta, Canada.
This is not just any other appointment.
Jason Kenney, premier of Alberta, on Tuesday August 25, elevated Madu to the justice portfolio from Municipal Affairs in a cabinet shuffle that saw Calgary-Elbow MLA Doug Schweitzer move from justice to an economic portfolio.
According to Jason, Madu is the first Black African to be appointed minister of justice a ‚Äústrong statement.‚ÄĚ
His appointment has been described as one that would bring the ‚Äúneeded perspective‚ÄĚ and change in the justice system.
‚ÄúThis effectively takes the Economic Development, Trade and Tourism portfolio (and) renames it. Additional functions will be added to the ministry over the weeks and months that come.
‚ÄúThis is a broadened and expanded ministry.¬†Alberta is being hit especially hard with the double whammy of the global coronavirus recession, on top of that the collapse of energy prices which has clobbered our largest industry ‚ÄĒ oil and gas.‚ÄĚ
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— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 25, 2020
Since he left Nigeria 15 years ago, Madu has served in different capacities. He has worked for Legal Aid Alberta, and volunteered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Lawyer Referral Program of the Law Society of Alberta.
The lawyer had his tertiary education at the University of Lagos where he studied law before he was called to bar in the early 2000s.
In 2005, he and his wife ‚ÄĒ who also studied law ‚ÄĒ migrated to Canada where they have been practising.
Thank you, everyone, for all the well wishes. I am beyond humbled to accept my new role as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General – where I will pursue fairness, equality, and justice for all with every ounce of strength I have. More here: https://t.co/nmLf4bbsC3 #ableg pic.twitter.com/tHt8JrEthr
— Kaycee Madu, QC (@KayceeMaduYEG) August 25, 2020
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