The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Legal Practice (NBA-SLP) on Friday said it had concluded talks with the Nigerian Law School (NLS) to facilitate a mentorship programme for students of its various campuses.
The Chairman of the SLP, Mr Oluseun Abimbola, made this known during a virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the section held as part of activities marking the 60th Annual General Conference (AGC) of the NBA which began on Aug. 26.
Supreme reports that the NBA AGC 2020, tagged “Step Forward”, coincides with the 60th anniversary of the association.
It is holding both virtually and physically from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29 in Lagos and Abuja.
Delivering a speech at the AGM of the SLP, Abimbola said that the section had taken steps toward implementation of its programmes and objectives but was hindered by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the outbreak led to lockdown of the country with had economic and social impacts.
He said that the section, however, quickly adjusted to still be able to further its objectives, while observing all protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the chairman, part of the objective has been to initiate and facilitate a mentorship programme for students of the Nigerian Law School.
He said that the mentorship programme would soon start.
“Immediately after the 2019 AGC, we submitted a proposal to the D-G of the Nigerian Law School, Dr Ciroma (SAN), for the section to establish a mentorship programme for the law school, to be hosted by the various campuses of the school.
“This mentorship scheme aims to deepen their knowledge and equip them with the skills to be successful in their profession.
“I am pleased to inform this general meeting that the NLS has communicated its acceptance and readiness to collaborate with the SLP across all its campuses on this project.
“We await the modified calendar of the Nigerian Law School so that we can roll out our own calendar toward that,” he said.
According to Abimbola, the section’s committee on professional development has been charged with the responsibility of developing a structure around the collaboration for efficiency.
“Our intention is to ensure that we raise faculties from our members who are domiciled closest to whichever campus we will be having the event, so that we will be speaking in the same manner.
“We will like to have a uniform content.
“That is why we have our professional development committee modifying that structure for us; hopefully, within the next couple of weeks, when the modified calender of the law school is made available to us, we will be able to kick-start this,” he said.
Abimbola said that the SLP desired to extend such engagements to university campuses based on available resources.
He added that members’ support, participation and cooperation would be needed.
Giving a further report on the activities of the section, he said that the SLP had been able to initiate various seminars and webinars on diverse subjects.
The financial statement of the section was read out during the virtual meeting, while a call was made by the chairman and treasurer for more lawyers to be a part of the section.
The NBA-SLP has a total of 808 members.
Supreme reports that the NBA 2020 AGC has about 25, 000 registered delegates participating in the conference.
Physical attendance at the conference is holding at both the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, and the NBA Headquarters in Abuja, with not more than 30 persons allowed in each of the venues.
The conference is showcasing 30 law sessions on topical issues.
Meanwhile handover by the outgoing executives of the NBA to its newly-elected officers is billed to take place on Saturday at the NBA Headquarters in Abuja.