Pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has taken home the “Best Walker” prize at this year’s NBA Annual General Conference “Health Walk” in Port Harcourt.

The Health Walk which kicked off at 7 am from the Yakubu Gowon Stadium is part of the activities lined up to herald this year’s AGC which is holding in the “Garden City” of Port Harcourt between October 22 and 29, 2021.

According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, “In total compliance with this year’s theme: ‘Taking the Lead,’ Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN who partook in the walk, took the lead and was awarded the Best Walker. The prize was presented by Mrs. Mbamalu of Jumbo Sports with the NBA President, Olumide Akpata and the Chairman Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP), Mr. Victor Frank-Briggs all in attendance at the Real Madrid Academy, off Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.”

The statement added that Gadzama “appreciated the Chairman of TCCP and his team for a wonderful start to the AGC yesterday (Friday) and that the Health Walk program today was thoughtful and timely. The Learned Silk further appreciated the President of the NBA, the coordinator, Mrs. Miannaya Aja Essien SAN, the Organizer, Mrs. Mbamalu of Jumbo Sports and all senior and junior colleagues present, thanking God that he won this year’s coveted prize for the Best Endeavored Walker. Gadzama also humorously noted that he had also participated at the Uyo SLP Walk early this year but was far from winning but he has used that experience to walk harder and win the AGC Health Walk, this year. Gadzama, SAN dedicated the prize to all junior colleagues, those who physically participated and those who could not for good reasons.”

According to the statement, among those who participated in the Health Walk were Messrs Roland Otaru SAN, Godwin Omoaka SAN, Y. C. Maikyau SAN, Sam Atunga SAN-designate, Monday Ubani, Okey Ohagba, and Long Williams among others.

Meanwhile, Gadzama has also felicitated with players at the ongoing 2021 NBA-AGC Football Tournament. A statement by his media aide noted that “Gadzama, SAN in his usual nature and enthusiasm for the game of football identified with various teams,” adding that “although he is a keen lover of golf, he also loves the highly exciting game of football which he was on ground to watch and support the players who came out. The learned Silk also had pre-match photos with the teams.”

The football tournament witnessed teams from various NBA branches including Aba, Abuja, Benin, Effurun, Isiokpo, Jos, Kano, Lagos, Minna, Onitsha, Osogbo, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Udu and Yenagoa.

At the close of Day 2 fixtures, Lagos Branch edged Yenagoa Branch with a 1:0 win while Isiokpo Branch toppled Owerri Branch with a 3:0 victory. Onitsha Branch whitewashed Udu Branch by a 5:0 win, posting the highest goal margin. Aba Branch narrowly beat Minna Branch with a 2:1 margin while Jos Branch was deflated by Benin Branch through a 3:0 win. On its part, Effurun Branch lost to Osogbo Branch by a 1:2 margin while the match between Port Harcourt Branch and Abuja Branch was stalemated at 0:0. Kano Branch secured a 1:0 narrow victory against Makurdi Branch.

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