Pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN will today deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony of the NBA Ibadan Branch Annual Law Week.

According to a press statement made available to CITY LAWYER, Gadzama, a chartered arbitrator, will speak to the theme of the Law Week, “Unity in diversity and sustainable security in Nigeria: Any role for the law?”

Said the statement: “As part of the activities scheduled for the Law Week, the opening ceremony would commence tomorrow Tuesday, 7th December, 2021. To this end, a son of the soil in person of Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, OFR, MFR, SAN, has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the event.

“The devout bar man and pioneer Chairman of NBA-SPIDEL, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN has maintained good ties with the people of Ibadan both as lawyer and golfer. Gadzama, who also happens to be a patron of the Ibadan Golf Club, occasionally enjoys the sport with friends and colleagues at the Tiger Golf Club and IITA Golf Club in Ibadan. He has and continues to show his undying loyalty and support to the Ibadan Bar. Little wonder, one of his Partners and Head of Lagos Office, Oluniyi Adediji, Esq., ACTI, hails from Ibadan, Oyo State.”

Meanwhile, the leading litigator was one of the special guests at the 2021 Annual Dinner of the Abuja Branch of Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON) hosted in honour of Justice Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen of the Court of Appeal.

In his goodwill message, Gadzama, a veteran Clasfonite, lauded the leadership of Abuja Branch of CLASFON for the dinner and the “continual succor” given to the Bar in the place of prayer and admonition. He urged the association to “continue in the spirit of commitment and fellowship to pray for the betterment of the legal profession in Nigeria.”

Gadzama emphasized the importance of the independence of the Judiciary and extolled the “dexterity and unwavering sincerity and transparency of Hon. Justice P. O. Affen.” He urged the jurist “to keep up with the good work.”

In a similar vein, Gadzama who is also the Chairman of the Mentorship Committee of the Body of Benchers (BOB), recently hosted NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata and other guests at his residence after his 60th Birthday Thanksgiving service held at the Church of the Brethren Nigeria (EYN).

The event witnessed presentation of birthday gifts to Gadzama by the guests who extolled his good deeds and leadership qualities. These included gifts from the University of Maiduguri Alumni Association led by Mrs. Afiniki Hananiya, the Legal team of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Prof. Joash Amopitan SAN, as well as the staff of J-K Gadzama LLP led by Mohammed Monguno, a former Attorney General of Borno State.

Aside from Akpata, other dignitaries at the barbecue/lunch were Oba A. O. Aladelusi Odundun II, the Deji of Akure and his wife; Alfred Dimas Gadzama, the Garkuwa of Uba Emirates; K. T. Turaki SAN, former federal Minister; Alhaji Garba Gajam, former Nigerian Ambassador to State of Kuwait and Kingdom of Bahrain; Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, and Mr. Mela Nunghe SAN and his wife.

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