By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has called on lawyers in the country to leverage on the 2018 Annual General Conference, to ensure the success of the 2019 election as it unveiled the year’s logo and website.
The President of the association, Mr Abubakar Mahmoud, (SAN) while unveiling the logo, said that the 2018 conference would focus on evolving solutions to address the current and contemporary issues affecting the country.
The theme for the 2018 conference: “Transition, Transmission and Sustainable Institutions” according to Mahmoud, was apt considering that the country was preparing for elections in 2019.
He said, “Last year’s conference had the theme African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building, so we are building on the theme of last year.
“We are however, trying to address the more current and more contemporary issue of transition and transformation and we are not only focusing on local transformation but global trends,” he said.
Further in his speech, Mahmoud said that they were expecting over 10,000 lawyers to attend the conference and urged all lawyers to log onto the website and register adding that registration would only be via online.
Also speaking, the Technical Committee on Conference Planning, Mr. George Etomi, said that the NBA annual conference was the largest gathering of lawyers in the world.
According to him, the body of lawyers gathered to play a pivotal role in reshaping and reforming the nation by analysing burning issues and evolving possible solutions.
He added that the theme for the 2018 conference was carefully chosen to afford the lawyers the opportunity to x-ray the role of lawyers in the country and on the continent as a whole.
Concluding, he said that 2018, being the penultimate electioneering year, the conference will afford lawyers the opportunity to set an agenda to help the country achieve successful elections.
He said that the Ghanian President, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to give the keynote address at the conference which would hold from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 in Abuja.