By Samuel Oyadongha,
Yenagoa— The Eastern Bar Forum, EBF, of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, weekend lamented the lingering strike embarked upon by judiciary workers in Anambra State now in its fifth month, saying litigants could no longer access the courts to seek for justice, following the stay-at-home action of the striking judiciary workers’ union.
The judiciary workers union are reportedly agitating for a better welfare package.
Chairman of the Eastern Bar Forum of NBA, Kemesuode Wodu, disclosed this yesterday in Yenagoa, at the body’s meeting attended by representatives of the bar in nine states of the old eastern region.
The states include Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom .
Wodu said the formation of the group was to ensure that the ethics of NBA were upheld, adding that the body was not in conflict with the national NBA.
“Activities of EBF would complement that of the NBA’s national body. We will use this platform to ensure members are represented in the affairs of the national body of NBA. Next year, a member of this forum will become the President of the NBA,” Wodu said.
Earlier, Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Nestor Binabo, said the formation of EBF was timely, noting that there were lots of expectations from members of the forum in strengthening the ethics of the law profession.
Binabo called for the strict enforcement of the rule of law to enable the citizens have respect for the laws of the land.
In the same vein, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, advocated a stronger and effective forum of Chief Judges in the old eastern states to enable them rob minds on issues.
She commended the state government for the construction of the Yenagoa campus of the Nigeria Law School within a space of three months, noting that the school had commenced academic activities with a total of 250 students.