Sneak Preview into the NBA-AGC 2017: Break-out Sessions 1-3



 The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference (AGC) 2017 is less than 4 days away … are you ready to engage … Get to know the Sessions and Speakers. This will help you prepare for the Conference of a life-time.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) endorsed Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan: 2017 – 2020 (ERGP) seeks to restore the nation’s economic status following the recession.

The ERGP, which comes on the heels of Nigeria’s slump into recession for the first time in 25 years and the sharp fall in oil prices from highs of about $112 a barrel in 2014 to below $50 in 2016; is targeted at propelling Nigeria back to sustainable, accelerated development and restoring economic growth in the medium term (2017 – 2020).

While the ambitious ERGP is said to be the panacea to long-term economic growth, and it aims to strengthen security, energy, industrialisation as well as social investment and promises a way out of singular-sectorial dependence; there is significant uncertainty in many circles over the prospects of a successful implementation of the Plan, particularly in the absence of clear strategies for the faithful implementation of the initiatives contained in the Plan.

It is therefore critical that we interrogate the implementation strategies, socio-economic impact, political will and sustainability of this vision utilising the core insights of a vast array of thought leaders available at any one-time and in one place at the #NBA2017AGC. This examination is critical to every business and strategic mind in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

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This Session will highlight the key objectives of the Plan and then go ahead to analyse the priority areas and challenges presented by the Plan with a view to maximizing its intricate potential and providing answers to questions like … In what way can the vision help build the next generation of the nation and how can it impact the African Bar, starting with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).


Ever wondered what the business of the Military is, apart from safeguarding lives and property? A revealing insight into the confluence of military inventions and their civilian applications as a tool for economic growth will help Conferees understand the place of the Nigerian Military better.

 The roles of a country’s armed forces are entrenched in her Constitution. The defence of the territorial integrity and other core interests of the nation form the major substance of such roles. Section 217-220 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As amended) addresses the role of the Nigeria’s military systems.

The fact that military systems often involve a political-strategic dimension further portrays the complexity of the field, which is strengthened by the scarcity and opacity of information on defense and the military industries. Military spending constitutes a very peculiar category of public expenditure mostly because defense is generally regarded in the economic literature as the state’s sovereign function par excellence.

Generally speaking, most lawyers don’t know where they come in or stand on the bridge between military and civilian economic tools and how to navigate through the mist. Mostly is the problem of enlightenment on the dynamics of the business and economics of the military.

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The 21st century lawyer has such a huge advantage in service delivery and has every chance to start something new to set self apart and Military Law is not exempt.

Join the impressive panel of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni and Air Vice Marshal Onyemaechi Osahor, Prof. W. W. Soboyejo and G. C.  Muyiwa Akinwale in this outstanding session.


Turning on the light to reveal a pipeline of issues; rolling back on the privatisation of the power sector, oiling the wheels of progress, and galvanizing opportunities in the Petroleum Industry bill(s). The institutional and policy environment around the energy sector has been checkered for years and this x-ray is only a prime opportunity at this time.

The Energising development (EnDev) – programme for energy access figures reveal that, over one billion people worldwide have no access to electricity; and of this number Nigeria is second to India on the list of countries with the highest electricity access deficit with 75 million people compared to India’s 263 million persons.

Such energy poverty has a dramatic impact on the quality of life, environment, health, education and income opportunities of those affected. Without access to sustainable energy, it will not be possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is apparent; energy has an impact on virtually all aspects of social and economic development: business, education, gender equality, health and the environment.

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Promoting a sustainable energy sector requires countries to develop far reaching institutions, strengthen energy governance and create conducive regulatory frameworks for their automated development, as well as enshrining efficient planning and management practices over time. Thus, determining the role of lawyers in the growth of the energy sector, the development of energy markets to foster the diffusion of renewable energies and more efficient technologies for households, social institutions and businesses; as well as the marketing of promoted energy related technologies, among other activities is germane at this time.

Ancillary to these are issues of compliance in a contemporary democratic society, future of law and policy in institutions, the path to a distinguished law practice and #ABraveNewBar; and with the impressive panel of speakers, the tide can only turn in your favour.

This promises to be an interesting and mind blowing session. With the array of experts on the fore including Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Dr. Sam Amadi, Azu Obiaya and Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu and Chief Wole Olanipekun.

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