President of the Nigerian Bar Association Mr. A.B Mahmoud SAN has said the idea of the theme of the 58th Annual General conference of the Nigerian Bar Association which is scheduled to hold from August 26, 2018 is to build on the theme of last year’s conference – African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building, to try to broaden things a bit and address the more current and contemporary issue of Transition and Transformation not only in the country and continent as a whole, but to global trends in this very turbulent period.
Mahmoud said this at the unveiling of the 58th AGC logo in Abuja. In his remarks, Mr Mahmoud, SAN further stated that the theme for the 2018 conference, “Transition, Transformation and Sustainable Institutions”, was apt considering that the country was preparing for elections in 2019.
He said, “We are building on the theme of last year – African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building, to try to broaden things a bit and address the more current and contemporary issue of Transition and Transformation not only in the country and continent as a whole, but to global trends in this very turbulent period.”
He said last year, a total of 12,248 delegates attended the conference (the largest number in the history of the association); there were 52 sessions and 142 speakers (both local and international) He therefore advised the TCCP to make room for more delegates than 10,000 considering last year’s conference experience.
“The NBA conference has become a pivotal platform to discuss key national issues in line with our constitutional mandate and we intend to make it an excellent platform not only for just lawyers but for all thought leaders and groups in and around the country and continent. NBA is now one of the largest professional associations on the African continent, and its conferences are arguably one of the largest gathering of lawyers anywhere in the world”, he stated.
He said last year’s conference was organised at the highest level of standards possible but there is still room for improvement in terms of content, reach, depth and speakers that will come from all around the world.
He revealed that the conference has some strategic media partners one of which is the British Nigerian Law Forum that have partnered with the NBA to put the conference together, in terms of sourcing resource persons and coming up with the theme and sub themes; the American Bar Association, which will be holding a special session during the conference and other law societies, Bar associations and councils which are also expected at the conference.
Also speaking during the unveiling ceremony Mr George Etomi, the Chairman of the TCCP gave an overview of the conference theme, Transition, Transformations and Sustainable Institutions which he categorized into five general areas namely: Political Transition and Governance; Sustainable Economic Development; Diversity and Inclusion; Technological Disruptions and the Rule of Law and Security.
He noted that the keynote speech will be delivered by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, who is not only a lawyer but also one of the most eloquent leaders that the continent can boast of.
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari has also been invited with the belief that in a pre election year, he would be delighted to engage the public through the NBA in a one on one conversation about the state of the nation. He also said Alhaji Abdulsalam Abubakar who handled smooth transition of power from military to civilian rule in a very difficult time in the history of the country is also one of the speakers expected at the conference.
Other speakers are Comrade Isa Aremu, Ayo obe, Dr Yemi Kale, Bode Agusto, Kirsty Brimelow, Laurie Kleiman, Nuru Lemu, Phillip Hackett, Suleiman Abubakar, Jim Ovia, etc.
He also stated that this year’s conference will provide our youths a great stage where their voices will be heard. This is against the backdrop of the Not Too Young To Run Act and also how the Bar itself can reform to answer to the needs of the youth.
Unveiling the logo and website which is www.nbaconference.com, Mr Etomi said registration for the conference an only be done online. He said the website is very user friendly and one just needs to follow very simple steps to register for the conference.
He revealed that already over 1000 delegates have registered for the conference and that this year’s conference materials will be better than tablets.
He said interactive apps that will enable delegates follow all the sessions, ask questions which will be beamed live at the conference, will be deployed for delegates’ use. He also revealed that flash drives, that would contain all the rich conference materials so that delegates can have access to them post conference, will be made available to delegates.
He said the earlier you register, the more benefit you can derive from the conference, because many things will be on first come, first served basis.