By Ayomide Oriade
The Nigeria Bar Association has stated that the association is backing out of the ongoing National Conference. The association in a communiqué issued after its executive meeting in Ekiti State said the move is in protest of a single slot allotted to it by the federal government adding that one representative from the body was insufficient for it to make an impact at the conference.
The NBA was among the 13 professional bodies given one slot each, according to the modalities released by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, in January.
In the communiqué signed by the NBA president, Okey wali, the association said: “In view of the fact that so many legal issues would be addressed at the national conference, it is only fitting and proper for the umbrella association of all lawyers, the profession with expertise on law making in Nigeria should have more than one slot.”
Wali, who was the sole nominee of the association to the Conference, had stayed away from the inauguration of the 492-member talk shop in Abuja on Monday evening by President Goodluck Jonathan.