The Executive Committee (Exco) of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos held its maiden meeting today at the High Court Foyer, Igbosere Lagos.
The meeting was well attended by members of the branch including Pa Tunji Gomez, Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), Paul Usoro(SAN), Abimbola Akeredolu(SAN),Chijioke Okoli(SAN), Zik Obi and some past Chairmen and Secretaries.
In fulfilment of his election promises to invite speakers to the branch meetings, the Chairman invited the CEO of Ensure Insurance company Mr Owolabi Salami who delivered a robust lecture on the opportunities available to Lawyers in the Insurance Sector.
The Secretary read a report of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Annual General Meeting which were adopted. The Treasurer gave her report too.
The Chairman of the branch presented the lawyers who participated in the football tournament at the last Annual General conference and humbly asked Mr Paul Usoro to thank them on behalf of the branch. Mr Usoro,a senior member of the branch who has supported the branch activities over the years in commending the team promised to support and encourage them.
Anthony Atata, the Vice Chair of International Bar Association, African Regional forum (IBA AF) addressed the meeting on the forthcoming IBA Conference in Accra coming up in November.
Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN) expressed his disappointment over the constitution of the NBA which created a uniform bye law for branches of the association. He said that it was unfair for a branch of 50 members to share a uniform bye law with a branch of 6000 members. According to him, the new constitution concentrated enormous powers on the National body thereby making the branches subservient .He pointed out that such a constitution is counterproductive especially at this time in the country when there is a cry for restructuring.
Two Committees namely Ethics and Disciplinary Committee and Judicial Relations Committee were constituted and will be headed by Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN) and Funke Adekoya(SAN) respectively.
The meeting ended with the usual cutting of cake