The African Bar Association (AfBA) is set to admit immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani, as a member of its Governing Council.

According to a letter signed by the Secretary-General of AfBA, Flaviana Charles, the Executive Council of AfBA arrived at the decision at its August 2023 meeting in Pretoria, South Africa. The decision followed Ubani’s recommendation by the association’s Qualifications Committee based on his leadership qualities and contributions to the legal profession in Nigeria and Africa.

The Governing Council is AfBA’s highest decision-making organ led by a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General. It sets policies, makes vital decisions and provides oversight on the association’s activities. Members are selected from registered AfBA members to further the association’s interests and foster a united African legal community.

If confirmed, Ubani will be admitted as an ‘African Bar Councilor’ (ABC) which is the title for council members. He will serve an initial two-year term and pay an annual membership fee starting from $300. Councilors who contribute $1000 or more in a year get exempted from paying conference fees.

In her letter, the Secretary-General said Ubani’s impending admission into the council is an honour and rare privilege. He has been requested to indicate acceptance of the offer and provide a 50-word profile to complete the process.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Ubani’s tenure as NBA-SPIDEL Chairman witnessed many significant milestones especially in human rights protection and advocacy. His fiery activism and readiness to speak truth to power has earned him many awards and accolades.

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