The outgoing Chairman of the NBA Lagos Branch, Mr. Ikechukwu Uwanna, and the Chairman-Elect, Mr. Olabisi Makanjuola, have set up a joint transition committee to ensure a smooth transition of the governance structures and administration of the Branch.

According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER by the Branch Publicity Secretary Elo Adhekpukoli, “The committee is headed by the current Vice Chairlady of the Branch, Mrs. Abiye Tam-George, while the Vice-Chairlady-elect, Mrs. Esther Jimoh will serve as the Alternate Chairlady. The Secretary-elect, Mr. Emuobonuvie Majemite will serve as the Secretary of the transition committee. Other members of the committee include Agba Eimunjeze, the current Legal Adviser of the Branch, Fernandez
Marcus-Obiene, Fikayo Ogunrinde, and Justice John. The outgoing Chairman and Chairman-elect will both serve as ex-officio members of the committee.”

The terms of reference of the committee includes:

  1. Knowledge Transfer: Facilitate the transfer of institutional knowledge, including historical information, policies, procedures, and best practices, from the outgoing Executive Committee to the incoming Executive Committee.
  2. Document Review: Conduct a thorough review of relevant documents, such as bylaws, reports, financial records, and meeting minutes, to ensure accurate and up-to-date information is available to the new committee.
  3. Handover of Responsibilities: Coordinate with outgoing committee members to ensure a comprehensive handover of responsibilities, including specific projects, ongoing initiatives, and important contacts or stakeholders.
  4. Continuity Planning: Collaborate with the outgoing Executive Committee to develop a continuity plan that outlines critical tasks, deadlines, and ongoing commitments to ensure a seamless transition and avoid disruption of essential services or projects.
  5. Support and Guidance: Provide ongoing support, guidance, and mentorship to the incoming committee members during the transition period, addressing their queries, clarifying processes, and helping them navigate their new roles effectively.
  6. Reporting: Prepare a comprehensive transition report documenting the activities, achievements, challenges, and recommendations of the Transition Committee. This report will serve as a resource for future transitions and organizational improvement.

The statement notes that “The transition committee, the first of it’s kind in the history of the NBA Lagos Branch, is another unique legacy of the outgoing administration of the NBA Lagos Branch led by Mr. Uwanna, which has taken consistent steps to institutionalize the governance processes of the Lagos Branch. One of the first issues we identified two years ago when we assumed office was the need to transform the governance processes of the NBA Lagos Branch in line with international best practices, and to ensure that we transfer these processes to the administration after us for continuous improvement.

“All elected Executive Members of the Branch, and all Standing and Ad-hoc Committees will submit detailed hand-over reports summarizing their activities in the last two years, and make recommendations for the incoming administration. We hope that this practice will become the norm for subsequent administrations of our Branch, as we work towards the collective goal of maintaining our enviable status as the Premier Bar in Nigeria.”

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