The Zik Obi led Lagos branch committee for the amendment of the constitution of the NBA has issued a reminder to members of the branch still interested to submit a memo to do so on or before 17th of November 2017. (You can download the current constitution at the end of this release)The reminder states as follows:
Good afternoon distinguished and learned colleagues. We hereby renew our call for the submission of Memoranda from all members of this great and PREMIER Branch in respect of the above mentioned subject-matter. The Terms of Reference given by the Branch Chairman, Chukwuka Ikwuazom Esq. & his EXCO to this Committee set up at the last October Branch Monthly Meeting are as follows;-
1. By way of background, the President of our great association, the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. A.B. Mahmoud SAN set up a Committee to review and amend the 2015 Constitution of the NBA. At our Branch meeting in September, 2017, it was suggested and agreed that a Committee of the Branch be set up to collate the views of members of the Branch and articulate a position for the Branch on the proposed review/amendment.
2. At the meeting of the Branch in October, 2017, the Chairman of the Branch after consultation with the Executive Committee of the Branch recommended and the meeting approved the appointment of the NBA Constitution Review Committee of 13 members with Zik Obi II Esq as the Chairman
3. The terms of reference of the Committee are as follows:
(i) To request and receive, either by way of memoranda or otherwise, the views and opinions of members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch on the proposed amendment of the 2015 Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association.
(ii) On the basis of information received from members, articulate a position for the Branch including on issues of eligibility to vote in national elections and the “suggestion” to replace the existing branches of the Nigerian Bar Association with State Bars.
(iii) Advise the Branch on whether an amendment of the NBA 2015 Constitution can be ratified at an Extra-Ordinary General meeting of the Association or such ratification can only be done at an Annual General meeting of the Association.
(iv) Advise the Branch on the strategy it should adopt in pushing through its position on the proposed amendment and generally on what options are available to the Branch to ensure that due process is followed in connection with the amendment.
(v) To do any other thing that the Committee may consider relevant or necessary in connection with the proposed amendment.”
4. Please send your Memoranda or views to the Chairman at email@example.com and/or to the Committee Secretary, Ms Nkem Agboti at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit your written Memoranda at the Branch Office at the High Court not later than Friday, November 17, 2017 or alternatively hand them over to me or to the Committee Secretary. We thank you so much for your cooperation.
ZIK C. OBI II ESQ
2015 NBA CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE OF NBA LAGOS BRANCH