In introducing the platform, the national convener said that ” The purpose of the group is: To encourage and promote TRANSPARENCY within the NBA leadership Structure. To speak against corruption within the NBA To encourage the NBA leadership both national and in branches to stand against corrupt practices within the NBA To help build corrupt free NBA institutions and; To observe and monitor all elections and other activities within the NBA for the purpose of restoring people’s confidence in NBA. In his Whatsapp message to the newly sworn-in president of NBA Mr. Paul Usoro SAN; Mr. Akinlade said that the platform was in response to criticisms concerning the conduct of NBA elections both at the local and national level. He also noted that due to the allegations of corruption within the NBA in general, the platform had become necessary to restore members’ confidence in the association. While assuring the NBA president of his support in reforming the NBA; Mr. Akinlade urged the NBA president to be transparent in the way appointments are made in coopting NEC members, in the appointment of members into various NBA committees and positions in government. Mr. Akinlade said “It is our wish to see that the process of appointments be made transparent. It is also our hope that those whom you appoint will reflect not only your promise to transform the NBA but would also be done by merit.” In restating his commitment to the values of NBA, Mr Akinlade said to the president…. “Be assured of my continued support for a better legal profession and my devotion to the aims and objectives of our association. Mr. Akinlade noted that the goal of the new platform would be: To walk and work closely with the leadership of NBA nationwide in promoting transparency in terms of management of resources, appointment of coopted NEC members, National and Committee Members and importantly in the preparations for the 2020 branch and national ELECTIONS He also said that …..”this group will critic and suggest reforms in the activities of NBA with respect to national and state appointments of our members to statutory bodies such as the NJC, Body of BENCHERS etc On the appointment of Judges and magistrates, Mr. Akinlade said that the group will monitor closely the activities of the NJC and the SJSC in the appointments of Judges and Magistrates across the nation. Finally Mr. Akinlade said that his aim is not to dwell on the past but he SEEKS WAYS TO PREVENT FURTHER NEGATIVE OCCURRENCES OF PAST MISTAKES within the NBA. He said that the new platform will look at how to BUILD AND SUSTAIN GOOD PRACTICES WITHIN THE NBA for the benefit of all lawyers. Follow this link to join the FIACIJ NBA Watch WhatsApp group:]]>

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