Chairman, NBA Welfare Committee, Y.C Maikyau SAN, has commended the members of the NBA Section on Legal Practice (NBA-SLP), for their 2021 Annual General Conference. 

The learned Silk in his statement on Saturday lauded the leadership of the Section on the theme they have chosen for the Conference.

The Section on  Sunday began its 2021 Conference at Akwa Ibom, the state Capital of Uyo.

Maikyau, SAN in his goodwill message said: “It is with a shared sense of responsibility that I congratulate the leadership and members of the SLP on the auspicious beginning of the Annual Conference for the year 2021; two years after the last conference, no thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak which prevented us from having a physical conference last year. 

“The theme: “The law, lawyers and the next generation” is rather apt,

given the present circumstance in country which has adversely affected the Legal Profession and I commend the organizers for the choice of the theme.

“Without pre-empting the upcoming sessions of the conference, we must take another look at our laws, to determine how much they have served in protecting our legal practice space. Apart from the internal militating factors, not the least the least the security situation in Nigeria, which has caused our practice space to shrink against the growing number of younger generation of lawyers, we are equally grappling with the impact of globalisation which has taken a large chunk of legal work from us. 

“Technological advancements have opened the Nigerian legal space with no corresponding or adequate legislation to allow for global participation while protecting job opportunities for lawyers licensed to practice in Nigeria.

“While those who preceded us enacted provisions like Section 2 of the Legal Practitioners Act CAP L11-LFN, in order to secure the future of legal practice for the Nigerian lawyer, we must ask;  what must we do to protect the future generation of the younger generation of lawyers? This question should not only be answered immediately with positive and balanced preservative legislation, but also, it’s implementation must be carried out as a matter of urgency, in order to secure and protect our legal space.

“This is the call I make to all of us on whose shoulders the responsibility of preserving and protecting the fortunes and future of our profession within the Nigerian legal space, rest. This I believe, is the surest way in which we can successfully have a conversation on the subject – “Law, Lawyers and the Next Generation”; which remains an all time topical subject.

“The privilege of the garlands we hang on our necks today, are but reminders, of the benefits we enjoy from the sacrifices of those that went ahead of us on one hand, and the obligation on us to make equal, if not more sacrifices, to protect the future of the younger generation of lawyers, on the other.

“As we begin to do these, it is my hope that the Conference will conclude with useful resolutions that will enhance our laws; uplift the lawyer; and secure the future of not only Legal Practitioners but also of our dear Nation. Suffice to state, that so much of the glorious future that beckons the most populous black nation on earth depends on us as noble ministers in the Temple of Justice.

“I wish all conferees fruitful deliberations.

“God bless the Section on Legal Practice!  God bless the NBA !! God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!”

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