By Wahab Abdulah
Chairman of the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Monday Ubani has revealed the efforts being made by his team to ease movement of lawyers to and from the court in the face of tedious transportation system along Ikeja-Oba Akinjobi axis of the metropolis.
Giving a report of his one year administration as the branch chairman Ubani said that the branch had acquired a new N6 million bus and a Keke Marwa to ease transportation for lawyers coming to Ikeja high court following the ban on motor cycles in the area.
He said that the Hiace Toyota Bus was acquired at the sum of N6million for use of the branch by one of its members, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, while another member, Mr. Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) presented the tricycle. He said that Ayorinde will additional tricycle before the end of the month.
Ubani also informed the lawyers at the occasion that a 30kva generator was donated by one Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, while his executive purchased an additional 6KVA generator for use of its Bar Centre.
He told the gathering of lawyers that there was top plan for the completion of the Bar Centre project by his administration, adding that the Bar had so far raised a sum of N10 million cash while it had been promised another N8,000,000.00 towards the completion of the building.
“If all the promises we have received so far from our invited guests are anything to go by, we will commence work on the building immediately, possibly this month or at worst, next month” he said adding “It is apromise which by God’s grace shall be accomplished before the end of this administration”.
Ubani recalled that Ikeja Branch of the bar had led other branches to protest against what he termed, “callous conference fees” which the former executive of the national NBA asked lawyers to pay before attending their national conference.
”The Branch led a sustained protest against the heinous increase and won sympathy of other branches and some senior members of the Bar.” The Conference of 2012 remained in history as the Conference with the least attendance and very poorly organized one. It also recorded a huge loss which up till now is being hidden by the National Body.
“We must sustain that struggle to exterminate impunity anywhere it is found including at the leadership of the Bar and generally in the Country”, he said.
The 2013 edition of the ‘The Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture’ themed “Democracy, Economy and Fundamental Human Rights: Whither Nigeria?” was another area where the Ikeja Branch executive of the NBA recorded huge success. Aside from the important dignitaries that graced the occasion, the turn out of lawyers was very impressive and at the end of the lecture Uhbani said about a million Naira was realized in revenue after the program.
Ubani also described the sixth Alao Aka Bashorun Memorial lecture which was chaired by Prince Bola Ajibola SAN, former intellectually rewarding. “Not only was the program well attended, all our invited guests, including Mallam El-Rufai, former FCT Minister, Professor Akin Oyebode, an International Law Expert and a current Lecturer at the University of Lagos and Hon. Kanu Agabi (SAN), the former Attorney General of the Federation, came as promised”, he said adding that the family of late Alao Aka Bashorun was adequately represented by the first son, Segun Aka Bashorun and Atinuke, the wife of the late Alao Aka Bashorun.
The Continuing Legal Education of the branch held in April, this year was regarded as one of the best organized Continuing Legal Education programme. Twelve lucrative areas of law were handled effectively. The Seminar took a cursory look on some of the thorny provisions in the 2012 Civil Procedures Rules of Lagos State and the newly Amended Evidence Act especially on computer generated evidence and allied matters.
The conclusion at seminar that involved seasoned Legal Practitioners and Judges is that much is still required to be done in our laws to ensure efficient and smooth operation of our administration of justice in the state in particular and in Nigeria in general.
The NBA Ikeja branch chairman explained that the seminar was held in realization of the fact that if one must “be an efficient and brilliant lawyer, whether in the court or out of the court room, one needs to be updated constantly with latest developments in every area of ones practice” adding “we have to evolve a culture of this Continuing Legal Education in our Branch to bring out the best in all of us”.