A former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, is among eminent Nigerians to be honoured at the 2016 Nigerian Legal Awards in Lagos next month.
Ayoola, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, will be specially recognised for his selfless contributions to the legal profession in the country and also his efforts in the fight against corruption.
The oldest living female judge in Nigeria, Justice Dulcie Oguntoye, the first female Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mrs. Hairat Balogun and the immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, are among other notable personalities to be honoured at the event.
Making the announcement in Lagos at a news briefing, Chief Executive Officer of Legal Blitz Limited, convener of the annual award, Mr. Lere Fashola, described the event as a bridge between the economy and law.
According to him, apart from celebrating those who have contributed to the growth of the legal practice in Nigeria, the annual event, especially this year’s edition, will provide a virile platform for experts and technocrats to discuss how to move the country forward, particularly at this time of economic recession.
Fashola said, “Beyond the fun that comes with the event, this year’s award has taken a step further by organising a platform for discussion. We are bringing together professionals, experts and economic regulators to chart a new course for the economic recovery of Nigeria.
“The discussion, which will have in attendance captains of industry and leading legal icons, will focus on the theme, ‘Restructuring vs Rebuilding: Bringing life back to the Nigerian economy.’”
He said that no fewer than 40 lawyers under the age of 40, who have shown exceptional commitment to the development of the practice in the country, would also be honoured.