GADZAMA TO CHAIR BENCHERS’ MENTORSHIP C’TE, SEEKS TO PARTNER NBA

Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential candidate and Bar Leader, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has been appointed Chairman of the Mentorship Committee of the Body of Benchers (BOB).

Disclosing this in a letter to the NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata, Gadzama noted that the appointment was made on March 25, 2021 by the highest policy-making body in the legal profession.

In the letter made available to CITY LAWYER, the Bar Leader noted that “this is an interest that the BOB shares with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which, under your leadership, has demonstrated a clear commitment to raising both ethical and professional standards at the Bar. The NBA has made laudable strides on its own, and I am convinced that even more spectacular achievements will follow if it collaborates with the Committee – and by extension, BOB – in discharging this mandate.”

Below is the full text of the statement.

J-K/ABJ/NBA/APP/04/21

Wednesday, 7th April, 2021.

Mr. Olumide Akpata,
President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),
National Secretariat, NBA House,
Plot 1101 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District,
Abuja.

Dear Sir,

MY APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN, MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS (BOB)

On Thursday, 25th March, 2021, the undersigned had the privilege of being appointed Chairman of the Mentorship Committee of the Body of Benchers (BOB). The Mentorship Committee of the BOB is charged with the responsibility of promoting the values and skills that are crucial to excellence in the legal profession, and is committed to ensuring that these skills are transmitted to the coming generations of lawyers.

I understand that this is an interest that the BOB shares with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which, under your leadership, has demonstrated a clear commitment to raising both ethical and professional standards at the Bar. The NBA has made laudable strides on its own, and I am convinced that even more spectacular achievements will follow if it collaborates with the Committee – and by extension, BOB – in discharging this mandate.

I look forward to working together with the NBA under your leadership, along with the Young Lawyers Forum, in the effort to raise ever higher the professional standards of our noble profession.

Thank you for your kind cooperation, and please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.

Yours faithfully,

__________________________
Joe-Kyari Gadzama, OFR, MFR, SAN.
JOM/SJA

CC:

Mr. Tobi Adebowale,
The Chairman,
Young Lawyers Forum
National Secretariat, NBA House,
Plot 1101 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District,
Abuja.

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VARSITY APPOINTS ANANABA PROFESSOR OF LAW

Leading lawyer and Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Paul Ananaba SAN has been appointed Professor of Law by Clifford University.

Founded in 2013, Clifford University, Owerrinta is a newly chartered institution by the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria following the recommendation of the National Universities Commission (NUC). It is one of the 144 tertiary institutions owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.

Prof. Ananaba is a member of the Governing Council and Legal Adviser of Babcock University and Clifford University. He has served as an adjunct Professor at Adventist University of Africa, Kenya and Legal Adviser for Institute of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria.

He is a member and Fellow of several professional institutes and associations. A much sought after public speaker, Ananaba has written several books and articles. Prof. Ananaba is a draughtsman, mediator and arbitrator with over 27 years of experience in the legal profession.

He graduated from then Imo State University, Okigwe in 1990 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. In 2003 he received a Master of Laws degree in Legislative Drafting from the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Babcock University, Ilishan Remo in 2016.

An Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Prof. Ananaba is also a member of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration CIARB (UK) and a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NiCArb). A Notary Public for Nigeria, Ananaba is registered with Securities and Exchange Commission as a Capital Market Consultant. He was a Lecturer of Law at Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State and a visiting Lecturer/Facilitator at the Nigerian Institute of Management, Lagos.

He was a Member of the Students Representative Council, Abia State University, Uturu (1988-1989); Judge, NYSC Camp Court Wailo, Bauchi State (1992); Legal Advisor, West Central Africa Division, Seventh day Adventist Church (2016 till date); Member, Abia State Public Private Partnership Investment and Promotion Council (2017), and Member, National Executive Committee, Nigeria Bar Association (2017).

Prof. Ananaba has attended several national and international seminars and workshops as Guest Lecturer, Speaker and Facilitator. Among his several awards and recognitions are: Distinguished Award by Otu Oka Iwu (Law Society), 2014; Special Award by National Association of Polytechnic Students of Nigeria, 2015; Special Award by Nigeria Association of Adventist Lawyers, 2016; Abia State University Uturu Law Faculty Alumni Award, 2016 and Enyi Abia (The Elephant of Abia), 2018.

A ferocious litigator, Ananaba led Ukwa Ngwa lawyers in defence of former Senate President, Rt. Hon. Adolf Wabara in the suit for the position of Senate President. He also led Ukwa Ngwa lawyers pro bono in the suit at the Supreme Court against the excision of Osisioma Local Government Area from Abia South Senatorial Zone.

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