It’s now official. The 2023 Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will be held in Abuja, the Nigerian federal capital, from Friday, August 25 to Friday, September 1, 2023.
This was disclosed by the President of the Association, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN, during a press conference at the NBA’s national Secretariat in Abuja. Maikyau also disclosed that deliberations at the event will centre around the theme, ‘ GETTING IT RIGHT: Charting a Course for Nigeria’s Nation-Building.’
The theme, Maikyau asserted, was a clarion call to the NBA in particular, and Nigerians in general, to begin to do things differently and to actualise better outcomes, given the resources in place to give this success the requisite push.
“The NBA must take the lead to get it right”, he said, ” because we are blessed with all the potentials we will need. It is for us to discover it, and to provide direction to the people of this country” This, he said, includes holding leadership – at both the levels of the NBA and nation as a whole – to account. The Senior Advocate reiterated his administration’s determination to take the proverbial bull by the horn in this regard, adding that this commitment would be showcased at the Abuja Conference.
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The primary reason for this year’s Conference theme, the President went on to explain, was the need to reform the Nigerian nation and position it for its rightful place in the comity of nations.
In order to achieve a successful Conference, the NBA President said, the Bar leadership has carefully selected an array of notable members into the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) under the able chairmanship of Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN.
Also present at the press conference, apart from the President and the CPC chairman were the CPC’s Alternate Chairman, Mrs. Oyikansola Badejo-Okusanya and the NBA General Secretary, Adesina Adegbite. Others include the NBA First Vice-President, Mrs. Linda Bala; Mrs. Laura Alakija and Mrs. Nkiru Okeke.
Also speaking, CPC chairman Mazi Afam Osigwe, SAN, emphasized the need for timely registration as there would be extension after the expiration of the official deadline. He also solicited advertisements and sponsorship for the conference from high net-worth stakeholders.
In her remarks, Mrs. Badejo-Okusanya, the CPC alternate chair, assured that the Committee was poised to ensure that the 2023 Conference was an enormous success. “Make no mistake,” she said . “It is a daunting task to put together a Conference of this magnitude and for this number of days. But we have done it successfully for several years before, and we will make it better this year, God being our helper and with your support”.
The registration portal for the Abuja Confab is www.nbaconference.com