Mr. Ighodalo (third left), with members of the council after the AGM at the NBA conference.

The chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), Mr. Asue Ighodalo, has pledged to improve in its bid to build lawyers’ capacity.

He spoke during the section’s Annual General Meeting held during the NBA general conference in Abuja.

Ighodalo vowed to embark on continuous legal training for members.

To further enhance their capacity, the SBL set up a committee dedicated to training, chaired by Dr. Adeoye Adefulu.

The committee has begun with the process of identifying the training needs of SBL members (particularly young lawyers), and has developed a curriculum.

The Section is also working to improve the database of members.

”One of the things we found out of the section on business law is that we need to improve our data base. We need to get more members involved and include more members in our programmes and events,” he said.

He explained that SBL needs to capacitate its secretariat to be more effective. “Our secretariat is presently constrained, however, we have plans to expand and improve our operations to cater for a larger SBL,” he said.

The chairman in his assessment of the conference praised the NBA president, Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN) and the conference organising committee for doing a great job. He said: “It is well organised. We had slight hiccups with registration, but it was quickly taken care of. I think it is a better organised AGC. This is the first time in the history of the Bar that we had a sitting President and Vice President attending the opening ceremony together. I think the president and the NEC have done very well. I’m very impressed with what has been done so far. I noticed some kind of togetherness and camaraderie among colleagues in this AGC.”

The NBA-SBL, in its report of activities to the NEC for the period of 2014 and 2015, said its council has not relented in its efforts at increasing its active membership and diversifying their membership profile.

His words: “We are also working diligently regarding revenue generation by organising seminars and also through membership subscriptions. Indeed, I am seizing this opportunity to invite interested NEC members and our other colleagues to join the Section and actively participate in our programmes.

“The recently concluded Conference also provided us with another opportunity to increase and diversify our membership, as well as update our membership database,”he said.

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