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I Tried to Steer the NBA Away from Politics

As you bow out as President of the Nigerian Bar Association what achievements would wish your administration to be remembered for? I am particularly delighted with what we were able to achieve in the field of discipline at the Bar. Every lawyer today knows that there must be consequences for misconduct at the Bar. Within the two year life span of this administration, twelve members of the NBA were disbarred and five suspended for varying number of years for various acts of professional misconduct. This is more than the number of members of the Bar disciplined for professional misconduct in the last thirty years. We do not celebrate this but we believe that a very strong message has been sent to our colleagues that it cannot be business as usual. To my mind this is a key accomplishment of this administration. We have implemented the Stamp and Seal policy of the NBA, from 1st of April 2015, you can only practice law in Nigeria if you have your seal and stamps issued by the Nigerian Bar Association so the issue of fake lawyers becomes a thing of the past. On the 12th of August 2014 we commissioned the second building of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos built by Stabilini Nigeria Limited, under a build, operate and transfer (BOT) arrangement between the company and Nigerian Bar Association. The NBA will be entitled to the rent one floor of the building during the operation of the BOT agreement. We also commenced the construction of a ten floor National Secretariat at the Central Business District in Abuja. One of our areas of focus during our administration was human capacity building. We did not only achieve this at the secretariat level, but we used the platform of the Institute of Continuous Legal Education (ICLE) to promote the knowledge and skills of lawyers. Our administration has been able to digitalise the CLE credit hours of all lawyers, from the inception of the program in 2008 till date; this we believe will encourage lawyers to acquire more knowledge and keep abreast of the current developments in law both locally and internationally. These are some of our key areas of focus.
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