Prof. Ojukwu Writes NBA, Demands Accountability for Incomes, Expenditures

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Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN

Professor Ernest Ojukwu SAN has in line with the provisions of Section 1(1)(2) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requested from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) information bothering on incomes and expenditure in respect of the items listed below items:

1A. The breakdown of all the payments made to members of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee from 2012 to date.

1B. The breakdown of all payments made to NBA Prosecutors at the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee from 2012 to date.

2. Details of all lawyers handling NBA matters in courts and details of payments to them from 2016-2018.

3. The contract signed to engage the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers for the purpose of auditing and reviewing the NBA account.

4A. Details of the Nigerian Bar Association income and expenditure account from 2016-2017

4B. Details of the Nigerian Bar Association income and expenditure account from 2017-2018

5A. The budget approved by NBA NEC for the NBA Criminal Justice Reforms Conference organised by the NBA Criminal Justice Reforms Committee held at Asaba, Delta State from April 24-28 2018

5B. The breakdown of the account for the NBA Criminal Justice Reforms Conference organised by the NBA Criminal Justice Reforms Committee held at Asaba, Delta State from April 24-28 2018

6. The budget approved by NBA NEC for the 58th NBA Annual General Conference 2018.

7. Details of cost of NBA sponsorship of international conferences for all lawyers, including NBA National Officers from 2016 to 2018.

8. Account of all expenditures made from the MacArthur Foundation Criminal Justice Reforms funds and bank statement of the account from 2017-2018.

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9. Report of the NBA 2018 Ad-hoc Transition Committee.

10A. The budget approved by NBA NEC for the 57th Annual General Conference of the NBA 2017.

10B. The breakdown of the account for the 57th Annual General Conference of the NBA 2017.

The above request was forwarded to the General Secretary of the NBA. It is not clear at the moment what the erudite Prof’s intentions are on the said demand but time would definitely reveal the reason for the request. Prof. Ojukwu has displayed unprecedented passion in the growth and progress of the NBA and believes in a future bar which would be proactive and able to give value to its members.

It is believed that the present leadership of the NBA having began on a very good footing will not have any difficulty acceding to Prof’s request.


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