A former Chairman of the influential Surulere Lawyers Forum (SLF), Mrs. Chioma Ferguson has commended Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN for constituting the NBA Surulere Branch Caretaker Committee.

Speaking to CITY LAWYER on the setting up of a Caretaker Committee to operationalize the new branch, the fiery Bar Leader described the development as “epoch-making,” saying that “Posterity will be kind to the NBA President for taking the bold step to fully bring this long-awaited branch to life.”

Ferguson, who is also a founding member of the forum, stated that “The new branch will take Bar activities in the Yaba/Surulere axis to an entirely new level, thereby boosting professionalism and the welfare of lawyers.”

Reputed to have taken SLF to enviable heights during her eventful tenure, the seasoned Bar Leader also commended members of the Caretaker Committee “for accepting to serve the Bar at this crucial time. I am especially excited that they are people of character and integrity. I urge all our members to accord them maximum support in order to enable them seamlessly discharge their mandate.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that Maikyau had recently constituted the Caretaker Committee, with respected senior lawyer, Mr. Adeleke Agboola SAN as Chairman.

He wrote: “Whereas the National Executive Council in its meeting of 29 February 2024 held in Jos,
Plateau State, reiterated its approval for the creation of Surulere Branch of the Association, and authorised the National Executive Committee to constitute a Caretaker Committee for the Branch for the purpose of conducting the election of Branch officers.

“After careful consideration, the Caretaker Committee of Surulere Branch, is hereby constituted as follows:

1) Adeleke Agboola, SAN – CHAIRMAN
2) Ita Azim – SECRETARY
3) Roseline Akinbo
4) Chuka Adimonye
5) Peter Ozobialu

“The Committee is to administer the affairs of the Branch for 3 (three) months, beginning from the date of this Notice. Within this period, the Committee shall, as a matter of priority, plan for and hold the Annual General Meeting of the Branch, at which the election of the executive committee of the new Branch shall be conducted. For avoidance of doubt, the Caretaker Committee shall conduct election and hand-over to the elected Branch Executive Committee on or before 7 August 2024.

“I thank members of the Committee for graciously accepting this responsibility and urge them
to discharge their duties in accordance with law, without fear or favour. Members of the Branch are enjoined to give the Caretaker Committee maximum support and cooperation to ensure hitch-free launch of the Branch.”

Meanwhile, the branch will hold its Monthly General Meeting on Wednesday, 15th May, 2024 at Forester Hall, Babatunde Street, Surulere, Lagos. Time is 3 pm. Highlight of the meeting is the handing over of the reins of power by the SLF Executive Committee to the Caretaker Committee.

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