NIGERIAN Bar Association ( N B A ) P r e s i d e n t Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) has inaugurated the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (TCCP) for this year's NBA Annual General Conference(AGC).

The 30-member committee is chaired by Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN). Former Defence Minister Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN) is the Alternate Chairman; Ramatu Umar Bako is the Secretary. M a h m o u d c h a r g e d t h e committee to lift this year's conference above the landmark standard of last year's edition held in Lagos.

He reminded the committee that the world was watching, and that the only way to go was to take NBA AGC to greater heights. He said: "This year's theme will focus on institution-building, relating more to challenges facing the country. We want to face the theme of institution building which we feel is more germane and critical to the challenges facing the country.

"The committee will be working on thematic areas of the conference, to attract resource persons all over the globe. "It is well to known that American Bar Association has indicated interest to work with us for the Conference as well as the British/Nigeria Bar Forum.

"Ajayi thanked Mahmoud for giving the committee members the privilege to serve in the critical assignment and assured him that they would justify the confidence reposed in them. Other members of the committee are: Chief Ogwo James Onaja (SAN), Bisi Soyebeo (SAN), Olasupo Shasore (SAN), A. A. Akinkunmi, Muritala Abdul Rasheed, Hafsat Lawal, Yusuf Abdullah AbdulKadir, Mrs. Funmi Roberts, Akin Ajibola, Bello Aminu Abdullah, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, Emeka Obegolu, Steve Emelize, Sagir Gezawa, Princess Frank-Chuwuani, Mohammad Tsav , Aisha Ado Abdullah, Adesina Adegbite, Ummahani Amin, Wada S. Wada, Anulika Osuigwe, Paulyn Abuleme, Hauwa Yakubu, Mohammed Wahab, Inna Aliand Dolapo Okunniga.

On his expectation, Mahmoud said: "The expectation is that we will build on the successes of last years' conference which has been acknowledged to be one of the best in the history of the association."So, we will give them all the necessary assistance to make sure they deliver another world-class conference." Ajayi said there would be improvements in this year's conference. "I feel very happy because it is the beginning of a greater future, not just for NBA but also for the re-emergence of Nigeria as the true leader of the black world, "he said. On the improvements to expect this year, he said: "The improvements will be outstanding and will be for the sight to behold." On his advice to lawyers, the Senior Advocate said:"We must remember that we are privileged members of the society with a lot of rights under the law. We are the oldest profession in the country, the foremost profession in the country.

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