AKPATA IMPLEMENTS NEW CONSTITUTION, SETS UP DIASPORA FORUM
Barely 48 hours after CITY LAWYER broke the news of approval of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) amended Constitution by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the NBA leadership under Mr. Olumide Akpata has commenced implementation of the new constitution.
In a press statement made available to CITY LAWYER by NBA Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, the association stated that “The forum is to serve as a platform to connect and provide a voice for all persons qualified to practice law in Nigeria, but resident outside Nigeria.”
The statement added that “This forum will also serve as a structured platform through which all lawyers in the diaspora may contribute their quota – individually and collectively – to the development of the Nigerian Bar, the Nigerian legal system, and the practice of law in Nigeria.”
Section 4 of the amended constitution provides that “There shall be three categories of membership: Full Membership, Honorary Membership, and International Membership.” Section 4(3) further provides that “Any person who is called to the bar or qualified to practice as a lawyer in any jurisdiction other than Nigeria may apply to be admitted as an international member of the Association upon the payment of a prescribed subscription fee.”
The full text of the press statement reads:
NBA ESTABLISHES LAWYERS IN DIASPORA FORUM (LDF)
Recall that one of the innovations in the recently amended NBA Constitution 2021, is the establishment of a Lawyers in Diaspora Forum (LDF). The forum is to serve as a platform to connect and provide a voice for all persons qualified to practice law in Nigeria, but resident outside Nigeria. This forum will also serve as a structured platform through which all lawyers in the diaspora may contribute their quota – individually and collectively – to the development of the Nigerian Bar, the Nigerian legal system, and the practice of law in Nigeria.
To join this forum, a prospective member must (i) be qualified to practice law in Nigeria; (ii) belong to a branch of the NBA; (iii) have paid his/her Bar Practice Fees; and (iv) be resident outside Nigeria. Anyone who meets these requirements is urged to kindly complete the attached form –
Kindly note that the personal data provided while completing this form will be used strictly by the NBA to maintain a central register for NBA lawyers in the diaspora and for communicating directly with its members on matters relating to the NBA generally, or to the forum specifically.
Dr. Rapulu Nduka
Nigerian Bar Association
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