The proposed amendment of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Constitution 2021 has run into a hitch with the decision of NBA Aba Branch to vote against all but one of the proposed amendments.

Rising from its Monthly General Meeting on August 11, 2023, the branch resolved “to reject and vote against the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the NBA, 2015 (As Amended in 2021) in their entirety except the amendment proposed in Section 23(8) of the Constitution for not being in the interest of the NBA and the advancement of the aims and objectives of the Association.”

The branch mandated its members to vote in favour of only the proposed amendment of section 23(8) of the Constitution which increases from 10% to 20% the annual Bar practicing fees payable to branches.

CITY LAWYER recalls that many lawyers have frowned at some of the proposed amendments, saying they are both too expansive and undemocratic for a lawyers’ body.

It is recalled that an attempt by the Olumide Akpata Administration to amend the NBA Constitution also met a brick wall due to the bruising fire-fight between the erstwhile General Secretary Joyce Oduah and the Executive Committee.

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