NBA seeks to make reforms of legal profession, holds town hall meeting

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Participants at one day Town Hall Meeting on the State of Legal Profession in Nigeria organised by the Nigerian Bar Association held in Kaduna on Thursday Photo: BASHIR BELLO

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

In a move aimed at ensuring steady progress of the legal profession in Nigeria through sustainable reforms, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has held a one-day Town Hall Meeting in Kaduna.

 

The meeting held at the Hamdala Hotel, attracted keystakeholders from all over the country.

 

In an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the meeting, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN) who was the moderator, and the Chairman of MBA Legal Profession Regulations Review Committee, said that the town hall meeting was aimed at getting feedback from key stakeholders.

 

“We are here in Kaduna for town hall meeting to receive feedback from lawyers and the public, on how they think we can reform the regulations of legal profession  in Nigeria,” he said.

 

Describing the task his committee is saddled with, he said that it was setup to examine the regulations of the legal profession in Nigeria, particularly, the regulatory architecture and the regulatory objectives.

 

“To do the comparative analysis to best practices around the world, and if we find out that there are gaps, we would then make recommendations as to how the regulation of lawyers can be improved. And the modus operandi we designed was to vet a lot of feedbacks from both the lawyers as well as the key stakeholders concerned in this profession and the public who are the consumers of these laws,” he explained.

 

 

When asked to comment on the controversies surrounding the non confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he said that there are checks and balances designed in the constitution.

 

“You have constitution provisions that make it possible for one arm of government to make certain decisions. So they call this separation of powers and checks and balances.

“The intention of the constitution makers is to avoid absolute power in any particular institution in Nigeria, be it from the National Assembly or Presidency or even the Judiciary. So in terms of how it is utilized in reality is the politics of it.  Conceptually it is best practice for constitution to have separation of powers and checks and balances,” he said.

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