The immediate past Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Kaduna Branch, Mr. M. T. Mohammed took a trip down memory lane and recalls that his scorecard is impressive.

What are your achievements in two years as NBA Kaduna Branch Chair?
Without sounding immodest, we can beat our chest and proclaim that our scorecard is impressive.

We improved the welfare of our colleagues and staff, we increased the welfare package of colleagues who are getting married and the remuneration of our staff. We regularly paid visits to our colleagues having health challenge.

Detailed financial report was rendered every month and all activities the Branch Officers undertook in the name of or on behalf of the branch were explained every month. It provides insight into the activities of the branch and status of the branch finances.

Past Administrations of the branch progressively made some improvement on the Bar Centre. We took the bull by the horn and massively invested our resources in the Bar Centre. Today we have reached a level where the Bar Center can be put to use. With our determination, the Bar Centre was commissioned by the Hon. Chief Judge of Kaduna State on the 12th May, 2023. So far, we have hosted two meetings in our Bar Centre.

New Committees like Co-operative Society, Public Interest Litigation were created. I must commend the pioneer Chairmen (Idris Mohammed and Samuel Atung SAN) for the wonderful efforts they have made so far with the Committees to reconnect with the very old members whose activities have been extremely limited because of age factor but whose knowledge and experience members tapped from at the interval visits we organized regularly.

What was your relationship with the national body like?
The Branch maintained a very healthy relationships with the national body of the Bar which attracted many members being appointed into many Committees or being given some other assignments. More than 15 members are currently serving in one committee or the other. Cooperation with other sister branches in Kaduna State is also remarkable.

The idea to push for the increase of remittance from national body of the NBA out of the Bar Practicing Fees from 10% to 20% was conceived and vigorously pursued by Kaduna Branch. All Chairmen of branches elected me to lead the agitation, which is coming to fruition soon.

Did you enjoy a cordial relationship with the Judiciary?
Yes, we did. We took the lead and with the understanding and cooperation of the current Chief Judge of Kaduna State (Hon Justice MTM Aliyu) the moribund Bar & Bench Forum was resurrected after prolonged efforts. I must thank the Hon. Chief Judge who showed keen interest in sustaining the tempo.

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