Payment of 2021 Annual Bar Practicing Fees and Attendant Benefits

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Distinguished Colleagues,

It is with joy that I write to you all today. I am grateful to our Maker for keeping us all alive and in health to witness a new year, the challenges of the past year and the attendant public health crisis notwithstanding. I believe that with lessons learnt, we will all come out stronger. I therefore wish you all the best that this year has to offer.

On Practicing Fees  

As you all know, with each new year comes the need to pay our Annual Bar Practicing Fees (“BPF”) by all lawyers enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This payment usually commences from 1st January and ends on 31st March every year. The same applies this year by virtue of Rule 9 (1)  (3) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. I therefore ask that you all to pay the BPF within this period.

Benefits of Paying  

Payment of your BPF is a requirement to maintain your practice licence, retain your name on the roll of legal practitioners, and to be in good standing. Extant laws make it a professional misconduct not to pay within the applicable period. But beyond the aforementioned, and in line with the promises I made to the Bar, upon payment of the BPF and Branch Dues as and when due, members will be entitled to two (2) free packs of stamp and seal (48 stamps in all). Other benefits of paying within the prescribed period include:

  • Automatic Life Insurance cover of up to N2 million;
  • Permanent/total disability insurance cover of up to N1 million; critical illness cover of up to N500,000.00 and a limited accidental medical expense cover;
  • Being eligible for the health insurance, access to finance and other welfare programmes to be set up by the NBA;
  • Meeting the eligibility requirements for Notary Public Application;
  • Meeting the eligibility requirements for Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Application;
  • Being eligible to vote and be voted for at all NBA National and Branch Elections; and   Eligibility for Letter of Good Standing from the NBA.
Further to the above, upon filing processes in our Courts, proof of payment of BPF is sufficient in lieu of the stamp and seal receipt. It is therefore important to retain proof of payment. For those who  require additional stamps and seals, your local branch will afford you the requisite information relating thereto, which is indeed not different from what has always been done.

Please note that the provisions of Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct remain in force, and as such, the stamp and seal still remain a compulsory requirement for signing and filing legal documents.

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Mode of payment and other relevant information  

Payment can be made online or at any branch of Access Bank. Those who wish to pay online should  log into their membership portal on https://nigerianbar.org.ng/membership-portal and follow the  instructions.

Those who wish to pay using the manual process should pay into the following account using a customized or other teller provided by the bank:

Account name: Supreme Court of Nigeria (BPF)  

Account Number: 0000976716  

Bank: Access Bank

When completing your payment forms (whether online or at the bank), please indicate your full details (including your name and unique Supreme Court Number) for ease of identification. For instance, your name should appear as “Abubakar Emeka Tunde” and not as “Abubakar E. T” or other formulations.

Members should also indicate their branch names and branch codes on the payment tellers. The branch codes for Branches of the NBA are contained at the end of this notice.

Schedule of Fees Payable  

The schedule of BPF per year of call is as follows:

  • Senior Advocates & Honourable Benchers – N50,000
  • Legal Practitioners of 15 Years & above post call – N25,000
  • Legal Practitioners of 10-14 Years post call – N17,500
  • Legal Practitioners 5-9 Years post call – N10,000
  • Legal Practitioners of 1-4 Years post call – N5,000

    NBA Branches and Codes  

S/N

Branches

Code

1

Aba Branch

1

2

Abakaliki Branch

2

3

Abeokuta Branch

3

4

Abuja Branch

4

5

Ado-Ekiti Branch

5

6

Afikpo Branch

6

7

Agbor Branch

7

8

Aguata Branch

8

9

Ahoada Branch

9

10

Akure Branch

10

11

Asaba Branch

11

12

Auchi Branch

12

13

Awka Branch

13

14

Badagry Branch

14

15

Bauchi Branch

15

16

Benin Branch

16

17

Birnin Kebbi Branch

17

18

Biu Branch

18

19

Bori Branch

19

20

Bwari Branch

20

21

Calabar Branch

21

22

Damaturu Branch

22

23

Dutse Branch

23

24

Eket Branch

24

25

Ekpoma Branch

25

26

Enugu Branch

26

27

Funtua Branch

27

28

Gboko Branch

28

29

Gombe Branch

29

30

Gusau Branch

30

31

Gwagwalada Branch

31

32

Ibadan Branch

32

33

Idah Branch

33

34

Idemili Branch

34

35

Ihiala Branch

35

36

Ijebu-Ode Branch

36

37

Ikeja Branch

37

38

Ikere Ekiti Branch

38

39

Ikirun Branch

39

40

Ikole Ekiti Branch

40

41

Ikom Branch

41

42

Ikorodu Branch

42

43

Ikot Ekpene Branch

43

44

Ile-Ife Branch

44

45

Ilesa Branch

45

46

Ilorin Branch

46

47

Isiala Ngwa Branch

47

48

Isiokpo Branch

48

49

Iwo Branch

49

50

Jalingo Branch

50

51

Jos Branch

51

52

Kabba Branch

52

53

Kaduna Branch

53

54

Kafanchan Branch

54

55

Kano Branch

55

56

Katsina Branch

56

57

Lafia Branch

57

58

Lagos Branch

58

59

Lokoja Branch

59

60

Maidiguri Branch

60

61

Makurdi Branch

61

62

Mbaise Branch

62

63

Minna Branch

63

64

Mubi Branch

64

65

Nnewi Branch

65

66

Nsukka Branch

66

67

Obollo Afor Branch

67

68

Offa Branch

68

69

Ogoja Branch

69

70

Ogomosho Branch

70

71

Ogwashi-Uku Branch

71

72

Ohafia Branch

72

73

Oji River Branch

73

74

Okene Branch

74

75

Okigwe Branch

75

76

Okitipupa Branch

76

77

Oleh Branch

77

78

Ondo Branch

78

79

Onitsha Branch

79

80

Orlu Branch

80

81

Osogbo Branch

81

82

Ota Branch

82

83

Otukpo Branch

83

84

Owerri Branch

84

85

Owo Branch

85

86

Oyo Branch

86

87

Pankshin Branch

87

88

Port Harcourt Branch

88

89

Sagamu Branch

89

90

Sapele Branch

90

91

Sokoto Branch

91

92

Suleja Branch

92

93

Ughelli Branch

93

94

Umuahia Branch

94

95

Uyo Branch

95

96

Warri Branch

96

97

Wukari Branch

97

98

Yenagoa Branch

98

99

Yola Branch

99

100

Zaria Branch

100

101

Degema Branch

101

102

Saki Branch

102

103

Ukwa Branch

103

104

Ungoggo Branch

104

105

Oron Branch

105

106

Igarra Branch

106

107

Sagbama Branch

107

108

Anaocha Branch

108

109

Keffi Branch

109

110

Udu Branch

110

111

Barnawa Branch

111

112

Bukuru Branch

112

113

Effurun Branch

113

114

Epe Branch

114

115

Mbano-Etiti Branch

115

116

Okehi Branch

116

117

Okrika Branch

117

118

Omoku Branch

118

119

Onueke Branch

119

120

Otuocha Branch

120

121

Wzeagu Branch

121

122

Uromi Branch

122

123

Ikare Akoko Branch

123

124

Ilaro Branch

124

125

Shendam Branch

125

Distinguished colleagues, the Bar is all we have, and we must do all within our power to ensure we continue to uphold the tenets of our profession. On our part, we will continue to make the Bar work for all.

Yours faithfully,

OLUMIDE AKPATA  

President  

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