The Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Oyo State branch, Mr Akeem Agbaje, has called for the extension of pupillage to encourage adequate training and field practice for young lawyers as a way of enhancing their capabilities in the practice.
He made the call at a public lecture organised by the Law Students’ Association, Lead City University, Ibadan. The title of the lecture was, ‘Be the lawyer of your dream.’
He said, “The educational system and society is not conducive enough for smooth operation but aspiring professionals must strive hard with the courage to transform their vision into reality. Lawyers should be courageous, hardworking and determined in their bid to be successful. They must ensure strict adherence to professional ethics in their chosen career. So, creating more time for pupillage is a good step in the right direction.”
He charged lawyers to be more informed and develop their mental ability, saying such was the only way they could be relevant and successful.
Agbaje, who recently declared his intention to contest the Oyo state governorship seat come 2019, while being probed on his intention to join politics said, his mission in government was to take the state to the next level.
“The incumbent governor had done his bit. All I need to do is to advance the progress made so far. Government is a continuum and the society would be better for it,” he said.
Earlier, the President of the student association, Wale Ojo-Lanre, said the lecture was organised to enlighten the student lawyers and prepare them on how to be successful in their chosen careers.