NBA Welfare Secretary’s Annual report by Adesina Adegbite (As presented on NBA AGM 2018)

WELFARE SECRETARY’S REPORT PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA ON THE 30™ OF AUGUST, 2018.

  1. INTRODUCTION

Learned friends and senior colleagues, I happily welcome you to the second and the last Annual General Meeting in the life of the present and indeed outgoing National Executives of our great Association ably led by Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN, OON. At the last Annual General Meeting held in August, 2017 in Lagos, a number of policies and projects were stated in my report as proposals aimed at promoting and improving the Welfare of an average Nigerian lawyer. Sadly, not all of them became a reality; however, I am happy to report that a giant step forward was made with respect to a few other laudable projects particularly with the Microfinance Bank Acquisition Project. Details will be supplied in the body of this report.

  1. NEC MEETINGS

We have held four (4) NEC Meetings since the last Annual General Meeting. The first and which happened to be the fifth in the life of this administration was held in Uyo from 21st to 23rd November, 2016 at the at the Banquet Hall of Le Meridien, Ibom Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The second and which indeed was the sixth in the life of this administration held in Ilorin from the 28th February to 2nd of March, 2018 at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin, Kwara State. The third meeting which was the seventh in the life of this administration was held in Kano from 9th to 11th May, 2018 in Kano State; while the last which completed the four statutory NEC Meetings in the year under review was held just four days ago being the Pre-Conference NEC Meeting held on the 26th of August, 2018.

All the NEC Meetings held in the last one year were most successful with limited hitches.

  1. PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS:

 

  1.  PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH HOTELS

We have signed several additional contracts with hotels across the country. In most cases we were able to secure as much as 40% discounts from notable hotels in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and recently in Portharcourt. May I again reiterate the call to Branch leaders across the country to suggest hotels within their domains that could be brought under the umbrella of partnership with the NBA. The list of NBA Partner Hotels and their rates are on the NBA website.

  1. PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS/AFFINITY CARDS

The novel NBA Affinity Card is being promoted amongst our members to ensure they take advantage of the benefits with its ownership. NBA Affinity Card is a visa card issued by Access Bank, possession of which entitles such member to the discounted rates at our Partner Hotels. Arrangement has been made to ensure all members of the Association participating at the conference are given the opportunity of securing g his/her own Affinity card before the end of the Conference.

  1. AQCUISITION OF LAWYERS MICROFINANCE BANK

I announced to this August body at its 2017 meeting that a bar leader per excellence and an unusual humanist, Chief Kanu Agabi SAN, the founder and Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Microfinance Bank Limited magnanimously offered the Nigerian Bar Association the opportunity to take over substantial interest in the Microfinance Bank or possibly acquire the Lawyers Microfinance Bank which he founded.

As a further proof of his magnanimity, Chief Kanu Agabi SAN offered the Lawyers Microfinance Bank to the NBA at term to be dictated by the Association. Mr President initially set up a Four Man Technical committee chaired by Mr. Femi Olubanwo, with myself as the Secretary, and Chief Emeka Obegolu and M. K Umar as members. As the work of the committee progressed, it became necessary to beef up the committee with additional resourceful members, Therefore, Dr. Ibrahim Abikan and Mr. Okechukwu Unegbu were appointed as members of the committee.

I am pleased to inform this August gathering that the Ad-hoc Technical Committee on the Acquisition of Microfinance Bank has now completed its assignment and submitted its reoort to the President on the 6th of August, 2018. The report of the Committee is already Published as part of the documents to be discussed at this meeting. My appeal to this most distinguished assembly is to approve the report and the recommendations of the committee for immediate implementation.

5 WELFARE COMMITTEE

The Welfare Committee being a Standing Committee was constituted at the NEC Meeting held in Lokoja on the 1st of June, 2017. The Committee swung into action immediately after its inauguration and held several meetings in the course of the last one year. The committee arrived at far reaching conclusions and resolutions which were presented to the NEC Meeting held in Ilorin on the 1st of March, 2018. The Welfare Committee Report was read at the Ilorin NEC Meeting; however there was no resolution as per the implementation or the modality for the implementation of the numerous recommendations contained in the report. The said report has now been re-circulated and is before this noble body for consideration and approval:

 

 

NAME OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

1. MONDAY UBANI CHAIRMAN
2. ADESINA ADEGBITE SECRETARY
3. ANAS NAANDETI MEMBER
4. SADIQ MOHAMMED KACHALLAH // //
5. BABA GANAKARUMI. J (NOW A HIGH COURT

JUDGE IN BORNO STATE)

// //
6. DR IBRAHIM ABIKAN // II
7. CHIOMA WILLIAMS // H
8. OLADIPO AJAYI // II
9. DAMILOLA ONABANJO II n
10. BEREPREBOFA AMAZUO II h
11 KEJEH CHISOR II n
12 CHISOM ONUOHA II n
13 CHIAMAKA IJEOMA

CHIKEKA

II n
I recommend the report of the Welfare Committee to all members of the Associatior

 

  1. OWERRI COURT INVASION

The news of the invasion of a Magistrate Court by some policemen broke sometime i July and became topical. I travelled to Owerri on a fact finding mission. During my visit, visited the Chief Judge of the State, the Commissioner of Police and all other policeme involved, the court staff (the Registrar and the Clerk), the lawyers allegedly assaulted t the police and eye witnesses. While the report of my visit has since been submitted to M President for his action, may I reiterate my appeal which I stated in my report that the Bi must rise in defence of thejudiciary and its members at all times and the legal professio must not be allowed to be ridiculed by any individual, a group of individuals, securil agencies or institution(s).

  1. CONCLUSION

I must express my sincere appreciation to this body and all members of the Associatic for deeming me fit and suitable to serve you in the capacity of the Welfare Secretary in th last two (2) years. I really do hope that I did not disappoint you.

Thank you and God bless.

Adesina Adegbite Esq. Welfare Secretary

 

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