Okafor Arthur Obi SAN For NBA President: The #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR Agenda

Mission:
To advance the Legal Profession in Nigeria and enhance the welfare of lawyers through the running of an all inclusive Bar with efficient services, unmatched collaborative opportunities and partnerships, as well as globalized practice and professional development.

Vision:
A revitalized Bar Association with purposefully innovative leadership that accords with international best practices, anchored on professionalism, discipline and rule of law, and above all, always accessible to all members.

THE #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR AGENDA:
www.aoosan.com/manifesto

In furtherance of the functions and duties ascribed to the office of the President of NBA by Section 8 (5)(a) of the Nigerian Bar Association Constitution (as amended, 2015), the #AllinclusiveBar team shall faithfully seek to achieve the following for the Nigerian Bar Association;
(Kindly Visit www.aoosan.com/manifesto for detailed Manifesto)

1.0 AN ALL INCLUSIVE, RESPONSIVE AND TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION:
1.1 Create a new Directorate at the NBA Secretariat to be known as Membership Directorate for ease of access and wider reach.
1.2 Whilst recognising and preserving deserving respect for the seniors and leaders of the Bar, we shall enthrone a system where every lawyer, old, young, women and physically challenged would have a sense of ownership and participation at the Bar. This we pledge to demonstrate in the following ways, including but not limited to; visit www.aoosan.com/manifesto
i. Inclusiveness of Women and Younger Lawyers and at NEC/Branch Executive Committees

ii. Inclusive Bar Conferences and Events:
iii. Membership of NEC, Committees and Statutory Appointments:
iv. Re-awakening the NBA Corporate Counsel Forum:
vi. Re-awakening of NBA Women Lawyers’ Forum:

1.3 IT-Based Innovative Secretariat:

a. Establishment of Official NBA Call Centre.

b. NBA MOBILE APP.
c. Total overhaul of the NBA Portal.

2.0 LEADING THE BAR AT A TIME OF GRAVE NATIONAL CHALLENGES:
Kindly visit www.aoosan.com/manifesto for details

3.0 PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY AND ROBUST HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME:
 THE BAR AS THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS:

3.1 It is in recognition of the cardinal role of the NBA in the society as the voice of the masses that the Association is expected to always speak and act in the overriding public interest. The #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR shall strive to raise this voice in the following ways and more, to wit; click here www.aoosan.com/manifesto

i. Re-awaken and strengthen the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), being the key platform for driving the NBA public interest advocacy agenda.

ii. Restructure and re-strengthen the NBA Human Rights Institute (NBA-HRI) to become more responsive.

3.5 POLICE BRUTALITY AND HOSTILITY TO LAWYERS:
To preserve the nobility and dignity of legal profession in Nigeria, this rising ugly development must be quickly nipped in the #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR. Visit www.aoosan.com/manifesto for details

4.0 FREE ISSUANCE OF NBA STAMPS ON PAYMENT OF BPF:
5.0 IMPROVED BRANCH CAPACITY AND GOVERNANCE DISCIPLINE:
6.0 PROFESSIONALIZE THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT:

7.0 DEEPENING THE BAR AND BENCH SYMBIOSIS:

8.0 PROMOTE GLOBALISATION AND SPECIALISATION ON EMERGING AREAS OF PRACTICE
9.0 CAPACITY BUILDING AND IMPROVED WELFARE OF LAWYERS

10.0 MENTORSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT CREATION FOR YOUNG LAWYERS:
11.0 VIGOROUS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AGENDA:
12.0 RAISING THE BAR ON PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE
13.0 TRANSPARENCY AND FINANCIAL PRUDENCE

NOTE:
Kindly visit www.aoosan.com/manifesto for a comprehensive manifesto specifically detailing the foregoing subheads.

CONCLUSION:
Respected colleagues, past administrations of the Bar, including the outgoing administration, have all done well in their various capacities, laudable reforms and efforts at charting a positive path for our dear NBA and the Legal Profession in Nigeria. I commend in a special way, the initiators of the NBA House project. Together with my #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR team, we pledge to do all it will take to maintain that edifice as the pride of this noble Association.
Gentlemen, it is said that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. We promise to improve on all initiatives of past administrations and collectively deliver the NBA of your dreams, if you support the #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR vision and vote ARTHUR OBI OKAFOR, SAN as President of NBA in the forthcoming NBA General Elections.
May God bless our vision for #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR

THANK YOU.

ARTHUR OBI OKAFOR, SAN, FCIArb, FICMC.


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