THE Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBASBL) has inaugurated the first SBL Club at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.
The initiative is part of the section's objectives to build capacity and promote commercial law practice development in Nigeria.

At the event were the faculty's Dean, law professors, members of the NBA-SBL Council, Committee chairpersons, members of the ADR Committee of the NBA-SBL, executives of the UNILAG Law Students Society (LSS), among others.

It is the first in a series of clubs being set up in selected universities across the country. SBL Chairman Mr Olumide Akpata expressed delight at the NBA inaugurates SBL club at UNILAG take off of the first club.

"The SBL Club is primarily aimed at introducing Law undergraduates to contemporary issues in Commercial Law and Practice that may not yet form part of their curricula, but are a 'must have' if they are to effectively compete on the global stage as Law students and, ultimately, in the future, as Commercial Law practitioners.
UNILAG Law Faculty Dean, Prof Ayo Asenuwa, welcomed the initiative, expressing faith in the students' ability to utilise the opportunity.

"We are happy that you have considered our faculty forth every first of this capacity building project and we pledge the support of the management to ensure the success of this laudable initiative, "she said. Vice President of the Law Students Society, Ms. Oluwatamilore Sowunmi, thanked the Council of the NBA-SBL for the initiative. NBA-SBL Young Lawyers' Committee Chairperson, Olubukola Olabiyi, said the Section had keen interest in the development of the legal capacity of law students. She said:"It is hoped that through the Young Lawyers Committee of the NBA-SBL, we would facilitate this development by way of mentorship and internship initiatives as well as invitations to SBL committee programmes focused on various areas of specialization." After the event, a special ADR session was held by the NBA-SBL committee on Arbitration & ADR, for the benefit of the students.

Chair, Advisory Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration Young Arbitrators Network (LCA-YAN), Mr Isaiah Bozimo, introduced the students to the practice of ADR.

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