Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch Secretary, Mrs. Cordelia Eke has urged senior lawyers to rekindle their interest in Bar activities.

In a New Year message to lawyers, Eke, who is a ranking Director in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, noted that this is one of the major ways to lift the fortunes and standards of the legal profession.

Said the former NBA Port Harcourt Publicity Secretary: “I appeal particularly to our learned Silks and senior members of the branches, especially in my dear Port Harcourt Branch, to rekindle their interest in branch activities as the branch is in dire need of their guidance and direction at this time.”

She urged lawyers “not to give up on our profession and our Bar Association,” adding that “We all form an integral part of its existence and have a stake in its future, whether we work in the public service, corporate body, or private practice. It is our collective responsibility to turn around our fortunes for the better by getting more involved in the decision-making process of the NBA, starting from our various branches, up to the national level. This, we can do by attending general meetings and airing our views.”

Calling on lawyers to ensure that they are healthy at all times, the Bar Leader said: “As we return to our respective work schedules and duty posts, I encourage lawyers to take particular care of their health and be ready to make lifestyle changes if necessary, to avoid cases of untimely death resulting from stress and other avoidable conditions.

“While it is true that we must earn a living, we should also keep in mind that it is a living being who can enjoy the fruits of his labour. In the same spirit, we must do our best to give life to the NBA NEC’s proposal with respect to the remuneration of Lawyers in order to cater to the welfare of younger colleagues. Indeed, we must be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.”

Turning to electoral matters, the former Secretary of the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) urged lawyers to uphold highest ethical standards, saying: “We must all, individually and collectively, continue to uphold the ethics and traditions of the profession in all that we do, including in our electoral process this year.”

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