The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, Mr. Ikechukwu Uwanna has assured members of the Eti-Osa Lawyers Forum (ELF) that he would support their quest to become a full-fledged branch of the lawyers’ association.

Delivering a Keynote Address during the recent monthly meeting of the forum, Uwanna stated that as soon as the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba gazettes or issues a directive confirming Eti-Osa as a Judicial Division of the Lagos State Judiciary, he would do everything possible to ensure that the forum attains a branch status.

Speaking earlier on the topic, “Professionals in politics and public service: Are lawyers worthy ambassadors?” the Bar Leader noted that the society sees lawyers as repository of public trust, urging members to contribute their quota towards national development.

He stated that every effective leader must have three attributes including character, competence, and capacity. He noted that while competence is a skill to be developed and honed, every leader must also show capacity to inspire confidence and followership in people aside from having direction.

The NBA Lagos Branch helmsman observed that most lawyers are deficient in character especially in the practice of law, adding that lawyers have become infamous for bribing court officials, fabricating facts to mislead the court, breaking the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners (RPC), and buying votes during NBA Elections.

* Uwanna delivering his address at the Knowledge Sharing Session

He however observed that aside from the RPC, the Bill seeking to amend the Legal Practitioners Act (LPA) contains provisions to plug loopholes in the disciplining of lawyers as well as curb illegal practice of law.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum, Mr. Adewale Sanni stated that “Mr. Uwanna is a bonafide member of this forum and has been a strong supporter of the creation of the Eti-Osa branch of the NBA. I therefore place on record my gratitude for the support and cooperation that his administration has extended to us.”

He added that “Efforts are ongoing towards the realization of our becoming a fully-fledged NBA branch as we are doing all within our reach in that direction,” even as he thanked former NBA Lagos Branch Vice Chairman, Mrs. Bola Animashaun “who has been generous enough to sponsor our November meeting as well as this one. May the Good Lord continue to enrich her.”

Meanwhile, the forum will hold its End-of-Year Party on Friday at Timeless Beach Resort, Okun-Ajah, Lagos.

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