Fanfare as 2017 NBA-AGC Opens in Lagos


One of Nigeria’s foremost conference events formally got underway Sunday the 20th of August, 2017 as the country’s large tribe of lawyers gathered in the nation’s commercial nerve-centre for the eagerly-anticipated 57th Annual General Conference of the NBA.


  • The event is convened under the theme, ‘African Business: Pursuing Through Institution-Building.’
  • The opening ceremony, held at the Landmark Event Centre on Victoria Island, was graced by His Royal Majesty, Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos, along with the cream of the legal profession (on both the Bar and the Bench), corporate Nigeria and the academia, as well as some of the leading lights in the current political dispensation – notably the governors of Rivers, Kano, Plateau, Ondo and Sokoto states, as well as the host governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos. The Special Guest of Honour, Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was represented at the occasion by the minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola – himself the immediate past governor of Lagos State.
  • The rendition of the NBA prayer by the conferees, led by a former NBA president, Chief (Mrs.) Priscilla Kuye.
  • The chair of the conference planning committee, Dr. Kanyinsola Ajayi, SAN formally welcomed delegates on behalf of his committee.
  • In his opening address, NBA president Abubakar Mahmud, SAN emphasized the need for strong and inclusive institutions (both political and economic) as a driver of transformative transactions, and also spoke of the reforms being pursued by the NBA under his stewardship.
  • After a colourful performance by the lagos state cultural troupe, a goodwill message from the federal attorney-general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN was delivered on his behalf.
  • The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON also delivered an address in which he called for a stronger corporate governance profile among private sector players.
  • In his own remarks, Lagos State governor Ambode described weak institutions as a dis-incentive to investment, especially when they are weakened to satisfy the whims of strong rulers. He called on the NBA to add its voice to the clamour in many quarters true fiscal federalism and devolution.
  • One of the highlights of the event was the Acting President’s remarks – as delivered by ex-governor Fashola, who also formally declared the event open

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