The NBA leadership of Mr AB Mahmoud SAN manifested the humane side of his leadership recently when he despatched a high powered delegation of some of his national officers to go and show solidarity and express heartfelt concern over the flooding disaster that affected the two States, Benue and Kogi respectively.

The delegation ably led by Mr Monday O. Ubani, the 2nd Vice President of the body was accompanied by Mr A. Adegbite, the Welfare Secretary of the Association. His Excellency, the governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom alongside with his Secretary of State Government, Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice and other Executive members of the cabinet received the delegation. In Kogi State the absence of the State governor necessitated the reception of the NBA delegates by the Deputy Governor and other cabinet members.

Both State Government leaders were very happy with the prompt visits by the NBA as a body. His Excellency the governor of Benue State was not only happy with the visit, he took time to drive home the point that the justice health of the nation lies squarely with the legal profession that produces the personnel that prosecute, defend and judge persons who are alleged to have broken the law of the land.

Dr. Samuel Ortom emphasized on the fact that lawyers owe the country the national duty in prodding and advising all the levels of government to enthrone good governance and national development.

Speaking further, he appraised the relationship between his government and the bar and returned a verdict of cordiality.

On the part of the Kogi State government, the Deputy Governor was pleasantly surprised that his wrong perception of lawyers as shylocks who are only interested in collecting fees and defending accused persons has been changed due to this humane visit embarked upon by the AB Mahmoud led administration of NBA.

The Deputy Governor did not hide his pleasant appreciation for the timely visit by the body. The two state governments gave accounts of what they are doing to cushion the harsh effect of the disaster on their citizens, while they promised that proactive measures are being put in place to neutralize further devastation following adverse prediction of further downpour.

In short remarks to both State governments, Mr AB Mahmoud SAN through Mr M.O. Ubani promised a collaborative effort with the State Governments to reduce the pain of the disaster on the citizenry and offer of free legal advice through the branches to those who may be in need of same at this time.

The second Vice President, Mr Ubani later held meetings with the branch executives to have first hand information on the effects of the disaster to some of their members who practice in these two jurisdictions. He further appealed to our fortunate and well to do members of the bar to remember some distressed members who are in these two jurisdiction as some of them suffered great loss of offices, books, computers and houses due to the disaster.

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