By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on lawyers in the country to respect order of seniority at the bar.
The president of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, at the inauguration of nine committees of the association also advised them not to express their grievances against the leadership of the Nigerian judiciary on social media but rather, go through the appropriate channel.
Balarabe, while inaugurating the committee said the establishment of Committees is fundamental to ensuring a more active Bar as it is not possible for the national officers or the Secretariat to deal with all activities and functions of a Bar.
According to him, “the use of Committees allows lawyers who have interest and expertise in a particular area to focus on specific issues.
“In view of the foregoing, this administration has constituted some committees with a view to achieving our set objective.”
One of the committees inaugurated is the welfare, saddled with the responsibility designing a nationwide insurance policy to cover the risk to which legal practitioners are exposed to in the course of performance of their duties such as accidents, death, whether by natural causes or other means.
Another committee inaugurated yesterday is the Human Rights Institute Governing Council which was given the task to advocate for the Implementation of National action plan on Human Rights and coordinate human rights policies and programmes at the national and branch levels.
Another committee inaugurated is the Anti-Corruption Committee, which has the mandate to work with the 125 branches of the NBA to set up an Anti-Corruption Committee in each Branch and maintain the highest standards of conduct aimed at avoiding corrupt practices at the Bar and the Bench.
Other committee inaugurated are the NBA election working group, Criminal justice and la reform committee, NBA E Editorial Board, NBA legislative and advocacy committee and Young Lawyers Forum.
The NBA president in his speech during the inauguration ceremony said, “I conclude by reiterating the importance of committee work to the scheme of activities of this administration.