The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held a resounding Annual General Conference in Lagos in the year 2017 to which there was a massive turnout of lawyers from all facets of the country. At the conference, there was a noticeable departure from the lull of activity that surrounded the registration process of conferences of the past and the massive deployment of IT-infrastructure to provide for a seamless conference for all attendees. It is on this premise, that the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP), held its first meeting yesterday, April 5th, 2018 at the NBA House, Abuja. This meeting was aimed at developing a roadmap for consolidating and surpassing the achievement of the 2017 conference.
The Chairman, TCCP, Professor Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, explained how the 2017 AGC theme; “AFRICAN BUSINESS: PENETRATING THROUGH INSTITUTION BUILDING” was able to have an impact on the economy. As regards this year’s conference theme, there is the need to consider two keywords ‘transition and institution building’ given that the country and the Bar are currently in a transition phase. According to the TCCP Chair, “it will be good to have the transition in line with the change of governance and institution building.”
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, OON, SAN, welcomed committee members and stated that expectations were high from members and development partners as a result of last year’s unprecedented conference. He enjoined Committee members to work diligently with a view to delivering a world-class conference come August 2019, that will not only provide Nigerian lawyers brave new opportunities but also provide an opportunity for interactions on other issues of national and professional importance for the Nigerian lawyer.
Professor Ajayi, SAN further stated that in planning for the theme of this year’s conference, the subject matter must seek to consolidate on previous achievements and also improve on areas that need improvement. According to him, each lawyer is seen as an institution and each law firm as a broader institution, hence sub-themes and topics that will address the growth of these institutions will be carefully drawn up to enable them to meet the challenges of businesses in the 21st century.
He emphasized that this year’s conference would provide a level-playing field for all legal practitioners across the country so that access to legal authorities will be even for all lawyers.
According to Professor Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, the highlights of this years’ conference will be seeking to draw inspiration from notable Leaders worthy of repute from Democratic institutions from the United Nations, the Americas, and the British Isles. In essence, not seeking to let the cat out of the bag, they intend to make the content for the Conference rich and memorable for lawyers in attendance at this years’ conference.