By Dayo Benson
Lawyers have commended the Nigerian Bar Associatioon, NBA, for launching its website and portal.
The event which took place at the NBA national secretariat in Abuja, according to lawyers would bring about bring an end to quackery and place NBA on the same pedestal with sister organizations globally.
Commenting on the achievement, NBA president, Chief Okey Wali SAN said: “We thank God, it was part of what we promised our colleagues when we came to office, that we will give them a modern and professionalised secretariat. It was not good enough that our colleagues were not interacting with the secretariat and getting information about what was happening. This is 2013 and what we are witnessing today is where we should be.”
Speaking further, he said: “The next thing is the computerisation of the secretariat itself because right now, you can find out that a lot of analogue and manual operations are going on at the secretariat, so, we want computerise the operations of the secretariat fully. I have already directed the consultants who set up the portal for us to move to that stage very quickly.”
Chairman, NBA Database Committee, Mr Augustine Alegeh SAN, which conceptualizes and nurtured the portal, said: “First, I will like to say that the launching of the portal today is as the result of the hard work put in by two presidents, one past president and the current president, who had worked assiduously to see that we get this portal.
“The portal for the NBA is a world talk shop where you can do everything, it has put the NBA at the same pedestal with similar international organizations like the International Bar Association (IBA), Law Society of England, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, (CLA) and so on.
“We are now at that same level where people from anywhere can log in, pay Bar Practicing Fees (BPF), think of how many people we have in America, Europe, Asia, etc, who will like to pay, but cannot travel out to come and pay. All those people, can now make payments from the comfort of their homes, for conferences, you don’t need to go to the newspapers any more, you go the website.
“If you go the website, you will see the date of the conference, and you can register right away. Once you are verified and you click on your name, the amount you are to pay for that will show all automated. So, we are grateful to this administration that has pushed this project. It is indeed a very important day in the modernisation of the NBA.”
The technical partner to the project, Mr. Asawo Ibifuro said: “I feel elated that my organization, Cinfores Limited, is partnering with the NBA to actually come up with a world class membership portal, the first of its kind in this part of the world. This is to butress the commitment of the current leadership of the NBA in ensuring that best global practices are followed in its programmes and activities, this definitely, is a right step in the right direction.”
Chairman NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning, Chief Joe Agin SAN said: “This is indeed a great stride. The president has kept his campaign promise to give us a modern and digital Bar . My brother silk, Augustine Alegeh SAN has worked very hard and assiduously day and night to deliver on this onerous assignment.