By Jude Njoku
Thirty years after Nigeria hosted the conference of lawyers from the Commonwealth, legal luminaries from 53 Commonwealth countries will next week converge in Abuja for the regional conference of the Commonwealth Law Association, CLA.
The three-day confab slated for April 8-10,Â at theÂ Abuja, will be addressed by Nigeriaâ€™s Chief Justice,Â Justice Katsina Alu, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria,Â Mr Lamido Sanusi and the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
Chairperson of the local organising committee for the confab, Mrs Boma Ozobia told newsmen in Lagos that two keynote papers – Human Rights in Nigeria: The current state of Play and The Intersection of Common Law and Sharia in the context of protecting the rights of women and childrenâ€, will be delivered by the Director-General, National Human Rights Commission, Mr Roland Ewubare and Mrs Maryam Uwais, respectively.
Mrs Ozobia who said CLA is working in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory, explained that the conference will be used to showcase Nigeriaâ€™s rich tourism potentials, adding that many of the international delegates are having problems procuring the Nigerian visa. She said, the LOC is working round the clock to ensure that all genuine participants are granted entry visas to Nigeria. The conference is being jointly hosted by Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Cameroun and Sierra-leone.
On the high points of the conference, she said â€œwhen you look at the papers that will be presented, they are all cutting-edge. We are not recycling previous papers, if you look at the speakers we have selected from Nigeria, these are change agents.
The Governor of the CBN, like him or loathe him, he is making some very crucial changes in the sector so we want to hear from him. What are these changes that you are making in your sector; how would they impact on Nigeria and indeed the region because Nigeria is a key part of this region economically.
Also, this is our 50th anniversary year, the changes, the practices will impact on us going forwardâ€.