It is a roll call of ‘Who is who’ in Nigeria’s legal industry as legal heavyweights are set to storm Aba today for the 2019 Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL).

Among those expected at the conference being held for the first time in the South East are Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN who will deliver the Keynote Address at the opening ceremony holding tomorrow at the highbrow Addrex Hotel, Aba. This will be heralded by registration which commences today at 9 o’clock as well as a cocktail party to be hosted by the Abia State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Uche Ihediwa at 6 pm.

The opening ceremony which starts by 9 am tomorrow will witness the Conference Planning Committee Chairman and former NBA First Vice President, Mr. Ikeazor Akaraiwe giving the welcome remarks while foremost litigator and NBA-SPIDEL Chairman, Dr. Paul C Ananaba, SAN will deliver the opening remarks.

Goodwill messages will be received from former NBA President, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN; pioneer SPIDEL Chairman, Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN, and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Chief Chibuike Nwokeukwu SAN. NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN will deliver his address, setting the stage for Malami’s Keynote Address. This will be followed by the Conference Opening Speech by Abia State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and a cultural interlude by the Abia Cultural Troupe. A vote of thanks by SPIDEL Secretary, Mr. Kola Omotinugbon will draw the curtains on the opening ceremony.

Among the 16 technical sessions for the much anticipated conference which signals the resurgence of SPIDEL are Public Interest Lawyering, Global Best Practices and Development; Executive Orders as Tools of Governance – Prospects and Challenges; Public Protest and the Law, and Managing Security Challenges and Public Interest Issues.

Others are Business and Human Rights: Global Principles and Best Practices; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Utilizing Institutional and Legal Strategies for Managing and Resolving Companies-Host-Communities (C-H-C) Conflicts; Promoting the Rule of Law; Roles and Perspectives of Attorneys General as State Actors; Implementation of Nigerian Correctional Service Act 2019: The Role of Civil Society Organizations and Legal Community, and The Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Interest Litigations.

The surfeit of topics also include Examining Legal Frameworks on Extra Judicial Killings; Frameworks for Combating Corruption in Nigeria: Developing a Sustainable and Institutional Model; Beneficial Ownership Reforms in Natural Resources Exploitation in Nigeria : Implementation Timelines and Role of Lawyers; Regulating in Public Interest – Imperativeness of Regulation in Economic Development and Growth; Class Action: Proposal for Legislative, Legal and Judicial Frameworks for Achieving Mass Remedies in Nigeria; The Role of Young Lawyers in Policy Advocacy and Legislative Reforms & Charting a New Cause for Public Interest Lawyering and Development Law Initiatives in Nigeria, and Pro-People Policies: Actions, Strategies and Frameworks for Development and Growth Across Critical Sectors at State levels; Justice Sector, Security, Infrastructures, Economy, Education etc.

Delegates will also be treated to side events including several lunches, a State Banquet tagged “Governor’s Dinner” which holds tomorrow at 6:30 pm, cocktails on Thursday and cocktails/closing party on Friday. A communiqué will be issued at the end of the conference.

Also expected at the conference are Justice O. A. K. Ogwe, Chief Judge of Abia State; INEC Director, Mr. Festus Okoye; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Dr. Sam Amadi; Chief Assam Assam SAN and Dr. Onyeachi Ikpeazu.

Others are former Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; fiery human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN; Dr. Livy Uzoukwu SAN, Lead Counsel to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Police PRO, Mr. Frank Mba.

Asiwaju Solomon Awomolo SAN, former DIG Marvel Akpoyibo, former NBA General Secretary, Mr. Emeka Obegolu Esq, NBA Section on Business Law Chairman, Mr. Seni Adio SAN, former NBA General Secretary, Olumuyiwa Akinboro SAN, and his predecessor, Mr. Olumide Akpata will also add verve to the conference.

Others are former Abia State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Awa U. Kalu SAN, former NBA Secretary General, Mr. Dele Adesina SAN; Dr. Babatunde Ajibade SAN; Austin Alegeh SAN; Engr. Chidi Izuwa; Mr. Jonathan Taidi; Chief Emeka Ngige SAN; Abiodun Owonikoko SAN; NBA General Secretary, Mr. Jonathan Taidi and Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mr. Tony Ojukwu. The theme of the conference is “Lawyering in the public interest.”

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