Supreme Court jurist, Justice Helen Ogunwumiju will on Monday chair the eagerly anticipated Town Hall Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL).

The hybrid event which has the theme “Justiciability of Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution: Pragmatic Measures for Government’s Accountability” is slated to hold at the exquisite Marriot Hotel in GRA Ikeja, Lagos. Expected at the parley are judicial officers, political actors, legislators, lawyers and civil society leaders.

While leading human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana SAN is the Lead Speaker, the discussants include Hon. Luke Onofiok, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary; Mr. Anthony Ojukwu SAN, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC); Justice Kazeem Alogba, Chief Judge of Lagos State; Justice Onuoha Ogwe, Chief Judge of Abia State; Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), and Mr. Kolawole Oluwadare, Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

According to a statement by Dr. Monday Ubani, NBA-SPIDEL Chairman, “The aim of the Town Hall Meeting is to arouse the consciousness of critical institutions of government, particularly the Judiciary and Legislature, with a view to ensuring the enforcement of the basic socio-economic rights provided in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and other enabling laws for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

“The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) is desirous to see Nigerians enjoy the basic socio-economic rights provided in the Nigerian Constitution as well as other enabling laws,” adding that NBA-SPIDEL has a vision to make public interest and development law a fundamental aspect of national life and development.

According to the statement, SPIDEL which manifests NBA’s commitment to promoting the role and application of law to economic development and growth of public interest law in Nigeria, has been living up to its bidding.

In 2021, ahead of the sold-out NBA-SPIDEL yearly conference in Ibadan, Dr. Ubani had decried the delay in implementing provisions of the Constitution concerning autonomy of the judiciary.

“We want a judiciary that doesn’t go behind begging the executive to give them their resources in order to carry out the basic responsibilities that the constitution has imposed on them. We want a judiciary that can deliver justice without fear or favour, its long-term effect is what we are looking at, not probably because of the short-term losses we are suffering but I tell you this, if we succeed in doing this, we would have actually sorted out a very big problem for us as a nation. The issue of administration of justice is very key,” he had said.

Organised by NBA-SPIDEL with NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata as the Chief Host, physical attendance at the venue is limited to only 200 persons in line with COVID-19 protocols while other participants will attend virtually.

To register, click on https://tinyurl.com/nbaspidelth2022

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