…As the Chief Judge of Edo State lays the Foundation for the Block B of the Extended NBA Benin Bar House.
It was a display of Pomp and Ceremony is the well decorated Hall of the The Civic Centre in Benin Played Hosts to Lawyers and critical stakeholders in the Justice Delivery Sector to herald the much anticipated NBA Benin 2021 Law Week .The Ceremony was well attended by Judges ,SANs,Benchers ,Former Chairmen and Secretaries of Branch Elders of the Bar and Members of the Branch.
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The Well attended Ceremony had the Chief Judge of Edo State, My Lord, the Hon Justice E.A Edigin as Chairman ,with a full compliment of the Judges of the Edo State Judiciary and the Management Team of same.
The Ceremony anchored by Sam Mac-Ebi and Ogaga Emongwanre was replete with intellectual engagements that Interrogated mainly issues pertaining to the Independence of the Judiciary,The Tax Regime in Edo State and the tupsy tuvvy security architecture in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the NBA Benin Branch 2021 Law Week Organizing Committee Mrs .B.O . Okuduwa set the ball rolling by surmising the theme of the Week ,while reeling out the activities for the Week ,which promises to be like a roller coaster-an eclectic mix of cerebral engagements and fun .She also expressed her gratitude to all ,whose benevolence were critical in meeting up with the financial obligations towards the Week .
The Chairman of the NBA Benin Branch the Lion Bar -Pius Idemudia Oiwoh AICMC in his speech among other things highlighted the importance of the Observance of the Rule of Law that leads to a better security system.
The Governor of Edo State represented by Wole Iyamu SAN the Permanent Secretary of the Edo State Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General of Edo State spoke to the theme and sent in the Governor’s Best Wishes .He also.emphasized the need for citizens to pay their taxes to be shareholders in Government.
The Chief Judge of Edo State,the Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghamwon Edigin FICMC,FNIARB., in My Lord’s Speech, emphasized the indispensability of the Observance of the Rule of Law which my Lord stated is inseparable from the Independence of the Judiciary.My Lord commended the NBA at the National and State Levels for their persistence in fighting for the Independence of the Judiciary ,just as My Lord deprecated the situation where the Judiciary goes cap in hand to the Executive to beg for money to carry out its functions ,which My Lord stated is at variance with the extant position of the Law on the Matter .The Highpoint of the Occasion was the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Block B of the Extended NBA Benin Bar House ,by the Chief Judge of the State ,the Hon. Just ice E. A. Edigin FICMC,FNIARB.,who was earlier in the Ceremony given a Standing Ovation for her Support to the Bar all through My Lord’s tenure which gradually comes to an end.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr Ese Owie an Abuja Based Legal Practitioner ,who presented a well articulated address , that dissected the intractable security challenges in the Country and solutions thereto .The Issues raised were also interrogated by Members Present .
The issue of the Independence of the Judiciary reverberated during the interactive session after the Presentation of the Chairman of the Edo State Internal Revenue Service ,Mr. Igbinidu Inneh who spoke on Tax Regime in Edo State and the need for all and sundry to pay their taxes .
The President of the African Bar Association (AfBA)-Hannibal Uwaifo Esq., gave a no-hold-barred presentation that centred on the causes and effects of the security conodrum in the Country.The Paper was laced with naked truth and blunt propositions that elicited warm applause from the audience .
The days ahead promise to be breath taking ,bearing in mind the interesting programmes put in place for the benefit of Members of the Bar .
The NBA Benin 2021 continues today at the Civic Center,Opposite the EFCC,GRA,Benin City , in a Session that Professor Violet Aigbokaevbo and Justice D.I. Okungnowa Among others will be the Speakers .
A Friendship Centre for evening relaxation of Members for the Week has been set up at the NBA Benin Bar House .
-the Author Douglas Ogbankwa is the Chairman of the Media & Publicity Sub-Committee of the NBA Benin 2021 Law Week .