The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has congratulated the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the recently concluded elections of the Association. FIDA expressed special delight in the election of Ms. Joyce Oduah, FICMC, who is the new General Secretary-Elect and also congratulated all the other elected officers. The statement made available to Courtroom Mail reads in full:

The International Federation of Women Lawyers congratulates the Nigerian Bar Association ably led by the NBA National President Mr. Paul Usoro SAN, and his entire team, who worked hard to ensure a successful National General Elections for the NBA. We appreciate the efficient service provided ensuring a successful conduct of the election.

Furthermore, we congratulate the President-Elect Mr. Olumide Akpata & indeed all the highly distinguished elected officers of the just concluded NBA National General Elections. We look forward to a Greater Better Bar based on the beautiful promises you all made during campaigns. You must, as visionary leaders hit the ground running to accomplish the mission.

FIDA Nigeria in addition specially congratulates Mrs. Joyce Oduah FICMC who has made history as the second female lawyer to be elected as the Scribe of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) after Hairat Ade-Balogun (Life Bencher) who became the first female NBA General Secretary 39 years ago.

Post Elections, we acknowledge that the elections were keenly contested following a lot of intrigues during the campaigns leading up to the elections. But in the spirit of good sportsmanship we encourage all parties to put the past behind and join hands to support the Bar move forward; united we stand tall and can accomplish all things for the general good of the profession and all.

FIDA is poised to support the NBA in achieving the association’s objectives. As key stakeholders and collaborators we stress that we desire a proactive, highly interactive, efficient, progressive, courageous, resourceful and inclusive Bar, doing great things professionally in the interest of ALL her members.

God bless you and grant you all great success as you serve passionately and diligently.
Congratulations & Kudos NBA!

Rhoda Prevail Tyoden
Country Vice President
FIDA Nigeria

Eliana Martins
National Publicity Secretary
FIDA Nigeria

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