A Nigerian, Mrs Boma Ozobia has emerged the President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, CLA. She was elected at the association’s conference in Hyderabad, India. Ozobia was until her election, CLA’s Vice President, a position she held for two years. She took over from Mohammed Hussein of South Africa.

In her acceptance speech, Ozobia said, “it is a privilege and honour to be entrusted with the leadership of this body of eminent and distinguished lawyers, and institutional members from 55 countries of the Commonwealth. I extend a very warm welcome to Rwanda, the newest member of the Group. We all know that this association has as its objectives, to promote the rule of law, promote standards within the legal profession and ensure that the people of the Commonwealth are served by independent and efficient legal professionals.

“To this end, we will continue to monitor respect for the rule of law in Commonwealth countries. We will continue to organise regional conferences and the biannual conferences of the association and continue to work in conjunction with national law societies and bar associations to achieve these laudable objectives of the CLA. Over the past few days, many of you had taken the time and trouble to speak to me about your organisation, and some of you have outlined projects you would like to see us undertake in the future. I thank you for this. I value these contributions immensely and assure you that I and my team on Council and the Executive Committee will take these interventions on board as we develop and implement a five-year strategic plan. Suffice to say at this stage that we will all work together to develop and raise the capacity and profile of the CLA.


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