The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata has charged all Nigerian Lawyers to pay their 2021 Annual Bar Practicing Fees in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners in Nigeria.

The NBA President disclosed this in a statement which was made available to TheNigeriaLawyer on Tuesday.

Mr. Akpata noted that as practice demands, it is expedient for the payment to be made in order to reap the benefits that come with the payment.

The statement reads:

Distinguished Colleagues,

It is with joy that I write to you all today. I am grateful to our Maker for keeping us all alive and in health to witness a new year, the challenges of the past year and the attendant public health crisis notwithstanding. I believe that with lessons learnt, we will all come out stronger. I therefore wish you all the best that this year has to offer.

On Practicing Fees  

As you all know, with each new year comes the need to pay our Annual Bar Practicing Fees (“BPF”) by all lawyers enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This payment usually commences from 1st January and ends on 31st March every year. The same applies this year by virtue of Rule 9 (1)  (3) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. I therefore ask that you all to pay the BPF within this period.

Benefits of Paying  

Payment of your BPF is a requirement to maintain your practice licence, retain your name on the roll of legal practitioners, and to be in good standing. Extant laws make it a professional misconduct not to pay within the applicable period. But beyond the aforementioned, and in line with the promises I made to the Bar, upon payment of the BPF and Branch Dues as and when due, members will be entitled to two (2) free packs of stamp and seal (48 stamps in all). Other benefits of paying within the prescribed period include:

  • Automatic Life Insurance cover of up to N2 million;
  • Permanent/total disability insurance cover of up to N1 million; critical illness cover of up to N500,000.00 and a limited accidental medical expense cover;
  • Being eligible for the health insurance, access to finance and other welfare programmes to be set up by the NBA;
  • Meeting the eligibility requirements for Notary Public Application;
  • Meeting the eligibility requirements for Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Application;
  • Being eligible to vote and be voted for at all NBA National and Branch Elections; and   Eligibility for Letter of Good Standing from the NBA.

Further to the above, upon filing processes in our Courts, proof of payment of BPF is sufficient in lieu of the stamp and seal receipt. It is therefore important to retain proof of payment. For those who  require additional stamps and seals, your local branch will afford you the requisite information relating thereto, which is indeed not different from what has always been done.

Please note that the provisions of Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct remain in force, and as such, the stamp and seal still remain a compulsory requirement for signing and filing legal documents.

Mode of payment and other relevant information  

Payment can be made online or at any branch of Access Bank. Those who wish to pay online should  log into their membership portal on https://nigerianbar.org.ng/membership-portal and follow the  instructions.

Those who wish to pay using the manual process should pay into the following account using a customized or other teller provided by the bank:

Account name: Supreme Court of Nigeria (BPF)  

Account Number: 0000976716  

Bank: Access Bank  

When completing your payment forms (whether online or at the bank), please indicate your full details (including your name and unique Supreme Court Number) for ease of identification. For instance, your name should appear as “Abubakar Emeka Tunde” and not as “Abubakar E. T” or other formulations.

Members should also indicate their branch names and branch codes on the payment tellers. The branch codes for Branches of the NBA are contained at the end of this notice.

Schedule of Fees Payable  

The schedule of BPF per year of call is as follows:

  • Senior Advocates & Honourable Benchers – N50,000
  • Legal Practitioners of 15 Years & above post call – N25,000
  • Legal Practitioners of 10-14 Years post call – N17,500
  • Legal Practitioners 5-9 Years post call – N10,000

Legal Practitioners of 1-4 Years post call – N5,000

NBA Branches and Codes  

S/N Branches Code
     
1 Aba Branch 1
     
2 Abakaliki Branch 2
     
3 Abeokuta Branch 3
     
4 Abuja Branch 4
     
5 Ado-Ekiti Branch 5
     
6 Afikpo Branch 6
     
7 Agbor Branch 7
     
8 Aguata Branch 8
     
9 Ahoada Branch 9
     
10 Akure Branch 10
     

 

11 Asaba Branch 11
     
12 Auchi Branch 12
     
13 Awka Branch 13
     
14 Badagry Branch 14
     
15 Bauchi Branch 15
     
16 Benin Branch 16
     
17 Birnin Kebbi Branch 17
     
18 Biu Branch 18
     
19 Bori Branch 19
     
20 Bwari Branch 20
     
21 Calabar Branch 21
     
22 Damaturu Branch 22
     
23 Dutse Branch 23
     
24 Eket Branch 24
     
25 Ekpoma Branch 25
     
26 Enugu Branch 26
     
27 Funtua Branch 27
     
28 Gboko Branch 28
     
29 Gombe Branch 29
     
30 Gusau Branch 30
     
31 Gwagwalada Branch 31
     
32 Ibadan Branch 32
     
33 Idah Branch 33
     
34 Idemili Branch 34
     
35 Ihiala Branch 35
     
36 Ijebu-Ode Branch 36
     
37 Ikeja Branch 37
     
38 Ikere Ekiti Branch 38
     
39 Ikirun Branch 39
     
40 Ikole Ekiti Branch 40
     
41 Ikom Branch 41
     
42 Ikorodu Branch 42
     
43 Ikot Ekpene Branch 43
     
44 Ile-Ife Branch 44
     
45 Ilesa Branch 45
     
46 Ilorin Branch 46
     
47 Isiala Ngwa Branch 47
     
48 Isiokpo Branch 48
     
49 Iwo Branch 49
     
50 Jalingo Branch 50
     
51 Jos Branch 51
     

 

52 Kabba Branch 52
     
53 Kaduna Branch 53
     
54 Kafanchan Branch 54
     
55 Kano Branch 55
     
56 Katsina Branch 56
     
57 Lafia Branch 57
     
58 Lagos Branch 58
     
59 Lokoja Branch 59
     
60 Maidiguri Branch 60
     
61 Makurdi Branch 61
     
62 Mbaise Branch 62
     
63 Minna Branch 63
     
64 Mubi Branch 64
     
65 Nnewi Branch 65
     
66 Nsukka Branch 66
     
67 Obollo Afor Branch 67
     
68 Offa Branch 68
     
69 Ogoja Branch 69
     
70 Ogomosho Branch 70
     
71 Ogwashi-Uku Branch 71
     
72 Ohafia Branch 72
     
73 Oji River Branch 73
     
74 Okene Branch 74
     
75 Okigwe Branch 75
     
76 Okitipupa Branch 76
     
77 Oleh Branch 77
     
78 Ondo Branch 78
     
79 Onitsha Branch 79
     
80 Orlu Branch 80
     
81 Osogbo Branch 81
     
82 Ota Branch 82
     
83 Otukpo Branch 83
     
84 Owerri Branch 84
     
85 Owo Branch 85
     
86 Oyo Branch 86
     
87 Pankshin Branch 87
     
88 Port Harcourt Branch 88
     
89 Sagamu Branch 89
     
90 Sapele Branch 90
     
91 Sokoto Branch 91
     
92 Suleja Branch 92

 

93 Ughelli Branch 93
     
94 Umuahia Branch 94
     
95 Uyo Branch 95
     
96 Warri Branch 96
     
97 Wukari Branch 97
     
98 Yenagoa Branch 98
     
99 Yola Branch 99
     
100 Zaria Branch 100
     
101 Degema Branch 101
     
102 Saki Branch 102
     
103 Ukwa Branch 103
     
104 Ungoggo Branch 104
     
105 Oron Branch 105
     
106 Igarra Branch 106
     
107 Sagbama Branch 107
     
108 Anaocha Branch 108
     
109 Keffi Branch 109
     
110 Udu Branch 110
     
111 Barnawa Branch 111
     
112 Bukuru Branch 112
     
113 Effurun Branch 113
     
114 Epe Branch 114
     
115 Mbano-Etiti Branch 115
     
116 Okehi Branch 116
     
117 Okrika Branch 117
     
118 Omoku Branch 118
     
119 Onueke Branch 119
     
120 Otuocha Branch 120
     
121 Wzeagu Branch 121
     
122 Uromi Branch 122
     
123 Ikare Akoko Branch 123
     
124 Ilaro Branch 124
     
125 Shendam Branch 125
     

Distinguished colleagues, the Bar is all we have, and we must do all within our power to ensure we continue to uphold the tenets of our profession. On our part, we will continue to make the Bar work for all.

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