The Founding Chairman of Eti-Osa Lawyers Forum (ELF), Mr. Adewale Sanni has heaped praise on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN for speedily empaneling the Eti-Osa Branch Caretaker Committee.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Maikyau had in a statement named a five-member caretaker committee to formally midwife the branch into existence, following the ground-work done by the forum.

Speaking on the development, Sanni commended the NBA President for the gesture, saying it spotlights Maikyau as a consummate Bar-man whose entire focus is on the well-being of the profession.

His words: “We commend the commitment, dedication and unflinching support of the NBA President, Mr. Y. C. Maikyau SAN and his team towards the eventual actualisation of the much desired NBA Eti-Osa Branch.

“The recent appointment of the five-man Caretaker Committee by the President, especially at this critical moment in the twilight of his regime when other leaders would have been focused on winding down, is most commendable.

“It clearly portrays his continued commitment to the growth of the Bar and the opening of more vistas for the development and welfare of lawyers.

“Notwithstanding that the President did not give any commitment to the creation of the branch nor did he make it a campaign issue to us, we are delighted that he since assumption of office has been clear in his unwavering desire towards the establishment of the Branch – provided all conditions precedent were met. The constitution of the Caretaker committee is the icing on the cake! We are grateful for this commitment.

“We must also express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the President for his careful consideration and choice of very experienced colleagues and administrators as well as his preference for diversity as reflected in the committee’s membership.

“May I on behalf of all our colleagues here at Eti-Osa, assure the President and his team that maximum support and cooperation shall be extended to the committee to ensure a hitch-free launch of the Branch as envisaged by the President.

“We welcome the caretaker committee members and promise to assist them with all necessary wherewithal to ensure that they succeed in this all-important task. I note that the committee has already swung into action and we shall be meeting almost immediately as requested, to facilitate expeditious performance of their mandate.”

“Ours in Eti-Osa has always been a professional family affair, and this is what shall be demonstrated to the delight of all members of the NBA generally.

“This Executive Committee, especially Mr. President, the General Secretary as well as other National officers and NBA-NEC representatives shall remain our heroes forever.”

It is recalled that NBA-NEC had on February 29, 2024 given its final nod to the establishment of NBA Eti-Osa Branch. Following the approval, Maikyau constituted a Caretaker Committee for the branch.

The committee, appointed by the National Executive Committee (NEC), is tasked with administering the affairs of the branch for a period of three months and conducting elections for the branch’s pioneer executive committee.

The Caretaker Committee is chaired by Olawale Ajia, with Chinyere Akuwueze Nwaogu serving as the Secretary. Other members of the committee include Clifford Orighomisan Atakere, Hauwa Halidu, and Ganiyu Adebowale Johnson.

Maikyau directed the committee to plan and hold the Annual General Meeting of the branch within the stipulated three-month period, during which the election of the executive committee will be conducted. The committee is expected to complete the election process and hand over to the elected Branch Executive Committee on or before August 7, 2024.

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