Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has donated a Hiace bus to the Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State branch of the association.
Presenting the keys to the branch on Olanipekun’s, Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker Funminiye Afuye, who is a member, praised the branch for remaining steadfast to the cherished ideals of the legal profession.
He stated that the branch has grown well within its few years of creation.
In her acceptance speech, chairman of the branch, Dayo Olorunfemi, thanked Olanipekun for honouring his promises.
She said Olanipekun was a father figure to the branch.
The Chairman told The Nation: “I am very happy that Chief Olanipekun delivered on his promise to the branch.
“We will be going to the Lagos conference in the next few weeks in a grand style with our brand new bus.
“He erected the Bar Centre for us and promised to help the branch to stabilise; he paid our Bar practising fees for three years.
“He did this voluntarily without our having to chase him around.
“In fact, he is a true father who is interested in the growth of the branch and he has always shown this.”
Pioneer Chairman of the branch, Bunmi Olugbade, said the presentation was the fulfillment of Olanipekun’s last promise to the branch.
Olugbade said: “When the branch building, which was single-handedly built by Chief Olanipekun was inaugurated, he promised to nurture the branch till it grows.
“He bought us a 25 KVA generator which we are using in the branch. He paid Bar practising fees for all members of the branch for three years and did not miss anybody out of it.
“Recently, he renovated the Bar Centre and repainted it. And now he has given us a brand new bus so that we move around easily in the branch. We pray that God will keep blessing him.
“This is very kind of him and we appreciate him as our patron,” he said.