President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN has in a statement issued on Sunday December 16, reacted to the suit filed by Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN demanding for certain disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
The reaction which covers mainly the actions taken by the present administration in its bid to ensure that transparency and accountability is entrenched in the Association also revealed that the bulk of the information being sought by Prof. Ojukwu relates to the activities of the past administration.
According to Usoro SAN; “Professor Ojukwu indeed sent me by e-mail, last night, 15 December 2018, the advance filed copies of his processes in the said Suit and, true to his acknowledgement in his open and published letter to me dated 22 November 2018, “out of the 15 items” set out in his Suit, “only two are activities of the present leadership, that is to say,
- “Report of the NBA 2018 Ad-hoc Transition Committee; and
- “The contract signed by NBA to engage the services of PricewaterhouseCooper (PWC) for the purpose of auditing and reviewing the NBA account”
The President then wondered why the demand for the disclosures by the learned Prof. were not made to the previous administration before they left office.
“In regard to the Items in Professor Ojukwu’s Suit that predate our administration which, it would appear, is Professor Ojukwu’s circuitous process for the probing of the previous administration(s), we are wondering why Professor Ojukwu did not demand for these disclosures from those administration(s) that had responsibilities there for when they were in office.”
He also confirmed that NBA would respond to the processes filed by Ojukwu the moment same is served.
Copy of the statement is attached herewith