ETI-OSA BAR FORUM GRACES JOYCE ODUAH’ S THANKSGIVING, TASKS NBA TO CALL EMERGENCY NEC ON FUEL AND ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE, STAMP AND SEAL AND ETI-OSA BRANCH ACCREDITATION
In appreciation of God Almighty towards the successful realization of her successful emergence as the General Secretary of the apex law association in Nigeria and entire sub-saharan Africa, Lady Joyce Oduah hosted leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), members and other well wishers to a Special Thanksgiving Service and Exquisite Banquet Reception at the All Saints’ Cathedral Anglican Communion Church, in the suburb of Festac Town, Lagos on Sunday 13th September, 2020. The colourful event was graced by the Eti-Osa Bar Forum.
This was made known in a statement issued by Yakubu Eleto, the Publicity Secretary of the Eti-Osa Bar Forum.
According to the statement, the major highlight of the event is the Session of Goodwill messages moderated by Mr. Monday Ubani, former Second Vice -President of the Nigerian Bar Association in which eminent members of the Bar, friends and associates of Lady Joyce Oduah extolled her simplicity, innovativeness, commitment and tenacious spirit encouraging her to make progress as her tenure is laced with numerous challenges of unifying the entire Bar and development of the noble body nationwide.
In a related development, arising from an Emergency Executive Committee Meeting of the Forum held on 12th September, 2020, the Eti-Osa Bar Forum observed the repression of protests against fuel and electricity tariff hike and called on the Mr. Olumide Akpata-led NBA Administration to constitute her NEC as fast as possible with the aim of convening her Inaugural Emergency Meeting to discuss the position of the Nigerian Bar Association to the fuel price hike.
The meeting also proposed that the Emergency NBA NEC will also take headlong the issue of the unilateral removal of the provisions on Stamp and Seal from the Rules of Professional Conduct by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation without consulting the General Bar Council.
Furthermore, the meeting posited that the Emergency NBA NEC should consider and grant the application of the Forum for the Eti-Osa Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, which it had reaffirmed to the new General Secretary of the NBA, Lady Joyce Oduah, as provided under the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association (2015 as amended).
In this regard, on the sideline of the occasion, the leadership of the Eti-Osa Bar Forum led by Aare Oladotun Hassan, Chairman and alongside the Vice Chairman Mrs. Andromeda Oragui and and Madam Pat, a Co-Opted Executive Committee Member met with Mr. Olumide Apata, President of the Nigerian Bar Association to reiterate and reminded his leadership of the application for the NBA Eti-Osa Branch. The delegation received warm assurances in this regard from the President.
In a related development, the Eti-Osa Bar Forum gladly announces the resumption of sitting by the two Judges of the High Court posted to the Eti-Osa Judicial Division, Honourable Justice Obadina and Honourable Justice Animahun, after the end of the New Legal Year on 11th September, 2020. While filing of new matters for the Eti-Osa Judicial Division still takes place at the Lagos Division Registry at Igbosere, the Magistrate Court is still taking only criminal arraignment and plea.