SPIDEL 2019: WE HAVE GREAT EXPECTATIONS, SAYS ANANABA

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Paul Ananaba SAN has assured delegates to this year’s SPIDEL Annual Conference that they are in for a pleasant surprise as the conference kicks off today with an opening ceremony.

Speaking with CITY LAWYER on the grounds of the conference at ADDREX Hotels, Aba, Ananaba said that many of the invited guests and speakers are already on ground, adding that each delegate would have his or her money’s worth.

Meanwhile, among the early bids cited by CITY LAWYER at the conference are Mr. Abiodun Aikhomu, a Special Adviser representing Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN; Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe; Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata SAN; Justice Livingstone Eruba of Abia State High Court; former NBA General Secretary, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akinboro SAN; former NBA Section on Business Law Chairman, Mr. Olumide Akpata; former NBA Treasurer, Joyce Oduah who is sponsoring some delegates to the conference, and Mr. Okey Leo Ohagba, former NBA First Assistant Secretary.

Basking in the euphoria of the successful welcome cocktails hosted by Abia State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Uche Ihediwa, Ananaba said: “We are expecting a grand opening ceremony. The Attorney General & Minister of Justice’s (Abubakar Malami SAN) representative and his team are here already; the Chief Judge of Abia State and the Governor of Abia State and a few other governors expected are going to be there. We have some senior advocates of Nigeria from all parts of the country and very senior lawyers, former chairmen of sections and branch chairmen; it is going to be great here.

“You could see that even the welcome cocktail was described glowingly by one of the attendees, a veteran from the beginning of SPIDEL. He said that SPIDEL has never had a night like this! As I speak to you, two state delegations are on their way coming – one from Kano and one from Jos (Plateau), coming to join us. That is the spirit! And we are expecting that to be on display tomorrow morning (today).”

Speaking on the success of the welcome cocktails, the SPIDEL Chairman said: “It surpassed expectations – even my own expectations: live band, pool side, the two sets of caterers had varieties; people had their best expectations met.”

It is recalled that the opening ceremony starts by 9 am today and will witness the Conference Planning Committee Chairman and former NBA First Vice President, Mr. Ikeazor Akaraiwe giving the welcome remarks while Ananaba 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.

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SPIDEL: MALAMI, USORO, AGBAKOBA, ALEGEH, GADZAMA STORM ABA TODAY

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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