Barring any last-minute change of mind, the 2023 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will hold at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja from August 25 to September 1, 2023.

CITY LAWYER gathered from impeccable sources that the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) settled for the national edifice after it became obvious that no other venue in the Federal Capital Territory has the capacity to host the more than 15,000 expected delegates.

It was gathered that the event will hold on the precincts of the Abuja National Stadium while structures similar to the ones at the last AGC in Lagos will be built for the activities.

CITY LAWYER also gathered that the decision by the Yakubu Maikyau SAN-led NBA to offer discounts to certain categories of prospective delegates may be responsible for the delay in commencing registration for the Annual Conference. A member of the National Executive Committee told CITY LAWYER that the delay is occasioned by the need to ensure that all beneficiaries are duly captured on the standalone website, “and that they have a seamless experience while registering for the conference.”

The NBA-AGC last held in Abuja at the International Conference Centre (ICC) between August 26 and 30, 2018 with the theme, “Transition, Transformation and Sustainable Institutions.” Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo was the keynote speaker while Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) was then NBA President.

The 58th conference had five sub-themes which included Political Transition and Governance; Rule of Law & Security; Sustainable Economic Development; Technological Disruptions; and Diversity and Inclusion. Though about 10, 000 lawyers were expected at the conference, a TCCP member told CITY LAWYER that many delegates stayed away from the venue due to limited availability of facilities.

CITY LAWYER recalls that the NBA National Executive Council (NBA-NEC) had at its last quarterly meeting in Birnin-Kebbi ratified the constitution of the 2023 Annual General Conference Planning Committee (AGCPC). The high-powered committee is chaired by former NBA General Secretary, Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN, and was inaugurated by NBA President on February 23, 2023. The AGCPC Interim Budget as presented by the Committee was unanimously approved by NBA-NEC during the meeting.

Maikyau had while announcing members of the TCCP charged the committee to deliver “a memorable 63rd Annual General Conference for members of the NBA.”

He said that the Committee “has the liberty to co-opt additional members as the need arises. The theme, venue, and other details of the Conference will be announced in due course.”

Other members of the committee Mrs. Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya – Alternate Chairman, Olawale Fapohunda (SAN), Abdul Rafindadi Mohammed (SAN), Beatrice E. Jedy-Agba, Lawan Kaka-Shehu, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden, Dr. Agada Elachi, Friday Ramses Onoja, Mrs. Amaka Uzuegbu, Salman Alhaji Salman and Mr. Isaiah Bozimo (AG Delta).

Others are Laura Alakija (Secretary), Dumo Ambie Barango, Uchechukwu Humphrey Onyekachi, Eva Amadi, John Iyene Owuboki, Mohammed Tajudeen Mohammed, Dr. Banke Alogba, Huwaila Ibrahim Muhammad, Rashidat Mohammed, Abdulrauf Tijani Aboki, Tongshishak John Jude Danjuma and Chika Eucharia Okorie.

The committee also includes Ada Ahubelem, Afolabi Olayiwola, Gloria Etim, Deborah Usman, Rotimi Olorunfemi, Rex Erameh, Matthew E. Osume, Amina Suleyman Kaoje, Sani Moyi, Tosin Amadi, Naomi Bankyu, Augustine Ajineh and H. Osayande Bazuaye.

The ex-officio members of the committee are the NBA General Secretary, Chairman NBA-SLP, Chairman NBA-SPIDEL, Chairman NBA-SBL, Chairperson NBAWF, Chairperson NBA-LWDF and Chairman LOAN.

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