The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has constituted a Flood Disaster Relief Committee for the purpose of alleviating the suffering of members affected by the current flood crisis.

In a notice signed by the NBA President, Y. C. Maikyau SAN, it was stated clearly that the Association was well aware of the flood that ravaged towns and villages in Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Benue, Niger, Bayelsa, Cross River, Rivers, Nasarawa, Katsina and Jigawa States resulting in countless lives and properties being lost in this monumental environmental disaster.

The NBA President noted that For many of those directly affected, including his colleagues in the ravaged cities, towns, and villages, it has left permanent scars in their lives as many of them have lost their houses and belongings or cannot access their homes and offices which remain flooded, thereby bringing their practices to a grinding halt.

It was in consideration of this, that the NBA administration led by Y.C Maikyau SAN constituted a Flood Disaster Relief Committee. “As an organisation, we have a duty to look after ourselves and we MUST, as a matter of urgency, take steps towards alleviating the sufferings of our colleagues who are affected by this disaster”, the notice read.

Furthermore, this committee was created subsequent to the statement by the NBA President on October 24th, 2022 issued to the Chairman of Branches regarding the Flood and is constituted pursuant to Section 14(4) of the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association, subject to ratification by the National Executive Council (NEC).

According to the notice, the members of the Committee is as follows:
1. Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN – CHAIRMAN
2. Chief (Mrs.) Anayo Justina Offiah, SAN – ALTERNATE CHAIRMAN
3. Nnamdi Ibegbu, SAN
4. Miannaya Essien, SAN
5. Dorothy Udeme Ufot, SAN
6. Kenneth E. Mozia, SAN
7. Mr Tunde Adejuyigbe, SAN
8. Dr Adewale A. Olawoyin, SAN
9. Dr Muiz Adeyemi Banire, SAN
10. Abdulhakeem U. Mustapha, SAN
11. Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN
12. Prof Oluyemisi Bamgbose, SAN
13. Sir Stephen O. Z. Adehi, SAN
14. Prof Offornze D. Amucheazi, SAN
15. Oladipo A. Olasope, SAN
16. Usman Ogwu Sule, SAN
17. Godwin O. Omoaka, SAN
18. Emeka O. Ozoani, SAN
19. Boma Ayomide Alabi, SAN
20. Ndanusa M. S. Katu, SAN
21. Yakubu A. H. Ruba, SAN
22. Kemasuode Wodu, SAN
23. Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor, SAN
24. Aisha Ado Abdullahi
25. Daniel Kip – SECRETARY

Some members of the current NBA administration are also members of the committee in line with relevant provisions of the NBA Constitution, the notice established. It read thus:

” By Section 9(5)(e)(vii) of the NBA Constitution, the General Secretary, Mr Adesina Adegbite, is an ex officio member of this Committee. I have also co-opted the National Treasurer (Caroline Anze Bishop) and National Welfare Secretary (Chinyere Obasi), who are members of the Secretariat Management Committee (SMC) by Section 14(2)(j)(i) of the NBA Constitution, to serve on the Committee. Furthermore, the president notified that the following staff of the National Secretariat will provide administrative support to the Committee from time to time, as may be required:

1) Grace Igyo – Head, Bar Services Department
2) Martha Omolade – Bar Services Department

On the mandate of the Committee, the president stated thus: “The Committee has the mandate to raise funds from members of the NBA and other public spirited individuals and institutions, and to utilise the same in alleviating the sufferings of our members who have been severely affected by the ravaging flood. In addition to raising funds, the Committee will have the responsibility of designing the most equitable and integrity-proof model for identifying the beneficiaries of the relief materials/funds and determining the form and value of the relief to be given to these beneficiaries. ”

Finally, the NBA President expressed his sincere appreciation to members of the NBA for all their efforts and sacrifices, and expressed eagerness to work with the Committee in achieving goals and objectives for which it was constituted.

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