NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION 2019

ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE, LAGOS 23 – 29 AUGUST 2019

CONFERENCE THEME: FACING THE FUTURE

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

 

PRE- CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

 

DAY TIME NO TOPIC/ACTIVITY PRESENTED BY LOCATION
Friday 1330 -1430 Collection of Conference Materials Jumaat Service

 

LOC  
Saturday 0700 – 1000 5km Charity Walk

 

LOC
Sunday 0900 – 1200 Multi-denominational Service

 

LOC
Sunday 1200 – 1400 Pre-AGC NEC Meeting NBA Secretariat NLS
Sunday 1830 – 2000 Welcome Cocktail

 

Chief Judge of Lagos State  
OPENING CEREMONY
Monday

26 August

0900 -1100   Welcome Remarks

 

Gbenga Oyebode, MFR

Chairman, Conference Planning

 

Convention

Centre

Eko Hotel

 

Opening Remarks

 

Paul Usoro, SAN

President, Nigerian Bar Association

Goodwill Message

 

Attorney General of the Federation
Address Horacio Bernardes Neto

President, International Bar Association

Cultural Interlude Lagos State Cultural Troupe
Declare Conference Open Tanko Mohammed, JSC, CFR

Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria

Vote of Thanks Olumide Akpata
Monday

PLENARY 1

 

1100 – 1230

 (1:30mins)

 

PLENARY 1

1. CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL: A CLASH OF JUDICIAL AND EXECUTIVE POWERS Chair:

J.B. Daudu, SAN

GENERAL INTEREST SHOWCASE

PLENARY

Convention Center

Eko Hotel

Speakers:

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

Mike Ozekhome, SAN
Nella Rabana, SAN
Rotimi Jacobs, SAN
Monday 1230 – 1400 LUNCH AT HARBOUR POINT
Monday

 

1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

2. Capacity Building in the Oil and Gas Industry – What are the essential drivers to take us there?

 

Lighting up the Future – Identifying and Removing the Clogs in the Power Chain

Moderator:

Kemi Segun

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

 

Panelists:

Dr. Ibilola Amao

Principal Consultant Lonadek Oil and Gas Limited

Dolapo Oni

Partner

Detail Commercial Solicitors

Energy, Natural Resources & Environment Cttees
Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

3. Facing the Future in Intellectual Property Rights – A New Era of No Boundaries Moderator:

Afam Nwokedi

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

 

Panelists:

Linda Ikeji

Dr. (Mrs.) Adekoya
Intellectual Property Cttee
Monday

 

1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

4. Social Media: Culture, Liability and Professional Ethics Moderator:

Ayo Akintunde, SAN

LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Professor Oyelowo Oyewo

Head of Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos

Damilola Odufuwa

Digital Media Strategist

Lagos

Adedunmade Onibokun

Managing Partner

Adedunmade Onibokun & Co

Isioma Idigbe
Chioma Agwuegbo
Law and Individual Rights Cttee
Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

5. Modern Trends in Evidence: Gathering and Presenting Evidence in the Digital Age Moderator:

Roland Otaru SAN

LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Prof. Joash Amupitan, SAN

Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip Phd,
Mr Aham Eke Ejelam SAN
Civil Litigation/Professional Development Cttees
Monday 1400 – 1430   EKITI STATE GOVERNMENT SPONSORED PROGRAMME

 

ZINNIA

Eko Hotel

Monday

 

1430 – 1630

 

(2hours)

 

 

6.       Trade in Legal Services: Current Realities and Future Possibilities Chair:

Austin Alegeh, SAN

GENERAL INTEREST

SHOWCASE

 

ZINNIA

Eko Hotel

State of Play, Future Challenges and Opportunities in Cross Border Trade in Legal Services

·         Examining the Emerging Formations and Structures for Collaboration

·         Domestic Policy Change

Kofo Dosekum

Partner

Aluko & Oyebode

Dolapo Moninuola Olunloyo

Founder, bellslaw Consult

Regional Economic Communities and Regional Economic Agreements on Cross-border Legal Services (AfCFTA, EPA, ECOWAS etc)

·         Readying Your Practice to Tap the Opportunities

·         Threats

·         Effect of Do-Nothing Approach

George Etomi, FNIALS

Partner

George Etomi & Partners

Egbiri I. Egbiri

Principal Legal Counsel

Finance Division, African Development Bank Group (AfDB Group)

Digital Trade in Legal Services

·         Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Trade in Legal Services

 

·         NextGen Lawyers

 

·         The Challenge of Regulating Digital Trade Legal Services

Lere Fashola

CEO Esquire Law

Israel Aye

CEO, MyLaw

Ope Olugasa

CEO

Grace Infotech Limited

Publishers of Law Pavilion

Adedayo Toba Apata

Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary

Federal Ministry of Justice

Monday 1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

7. Public Private Partnership: Panacea to Economic Development and Change

 

Infrastructure Financing in Nigeria; Sukuk and the Future

Chair:

Dr Darl Uzuh

CEO Enyimba Economic City

ORCHID

Eko Hotel

Lead Speakers:

Engr. Chidi Izuwa

Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission

Panelists:

Hajara Adeola

MD/CEO

Lotus Capital

Attahiru Maccido

Director

Buraq Capital

Chibuzo Ekwekwuo, Esq.

Managing Partner

A & E Law Partnership

Development Law Cttee
Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

8. Examining Security and Human Rights Issues in Nigeria’s Extractive Industry

 

Prof Wahab Egbewole, SAN ORCHID

Eko Hotel

Israel Usman
Economic Development Cttee
Monday 1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

9. Leveraging Technology in Justice

Administration: Issues and Challenges

 

 

 

 

Panelists:

Hon Justice Alaba Ajileye

Kogi State High Court

GENERAL INTEREST

SESSION

 

IRIS

Eko Hotel

Hon. Justice Nelson Ogbuanya

Judge, National Industrial Court

Dr Amanim Akpabio

Head, Department of Public Law

University of Uyo

Mrs Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha

Chief Registrar

Supreme Court

Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

10. The Incursion of Multi-disciplinary Firms: Any Regulation? Chairman:

Alh. Bashir Dalhatu

Past Chairman, Body of Benchers

IRIS

Eko Hotel

Dr Josh Bamfo

Partner, Andersen Tax, Nigeria

Law Firm Management & Professional Development Cttee
Monday 1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

11. A Future Fit Legal & Regulatory Framework for Corporate Nigeria

 

Revisiting Legal Services Delivery by

Foreign In-House Counsel: The Law versus Practice

Moderator:

Bidemi Ademola

Kayode Eso Hall

 

Harbour Point

 

 

Panelists:

Dr. Adesegun Akin-Olugbade, OON

Prof Bankole Sodipo

Partner

Chief G.O. Sodipo and Co

Corporate Counsel Cttee
Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

12. Brexit and African Trade

 

The importance of International Trade to Nigeria’s Economic Development

Moderator:

Uche Val Obi, SAN

Kayode Eso Hall

Harbour Point

International Trade Law Cttee
Monday 1400 – 1530

 

(1:30mins)

13. Law Firm Management: Financial Skills 101 for Lawyers – A Workshop Session Moderator:

Oluseun Abimbola Esq

Pats- Ocholonu Hall

Harbour Point

Olusegun Adeduntan Adebiyi, FCA
Law Firm Management Cttee
Monday 1530 – 1700

 

(1:30mins)

14. Challenges of Democracy in Nigeria:

·         Reform of the Nigerian Electoral Process

·         Role of Electronic Evidence in Election Petition

 

Lead Speaker:

Clement Nwankwo

Convener, CSO Election Situation Room

Pats- Ocholonu Hall

 

Harbour Point

 

Panelists:

Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, OON

Jude Ilo

Country Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

ProfAdebayo Olukoshi

Regional Director, Africa and West Asia International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Director General, National Information Development Agency (NITDA)

Accountability and Governance Cttee
CONFERENCE DAY 2 – TUESDAY 27 AUGUST
Tuesday

27 August

0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

15. Opening the Window on Lawyer Wellness & Mental Health Concerns

·         Anxiety, Depression

·         Substance Abuse

Promoting & Supporting Good Mental Health in the Legal Community

Panelists:

Dr Otefe Edebi

Consultant

Psychiatrist and Psychologist

Medical Director

Tranquil & Quest

Lagos

GENERAL INTEREST

Showcase

 

ZINNIA

HALL

Eko Hotel

 

Chude Jidewo

CEO, Joyhub Inc

Lagos

Tuesday

 

1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

 

16. Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal/Justice Community

·         Senior Lawyers to Young Lawyers in Courtroom

·         Judges to Lawyers in Courtroom

·         Judge to Judge

·         In the Workplace

Launch of IBA Report on Bullying by the IBA President, Horacio Neto

Panelists:

Chief Assam Assam, SAN

GENERAL INTEREST

Showcase

 

ZINNIA

HALL

Eko Hotel

 

Ogaga Emoghwanre

Principal Partner

Ogaga Emoghwanre

Benin

Mia Essien, SAN

 

Tuesday

 

0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

17. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in ADR: The Changing Face of Dispute Resolution

 

Emerging Trends in ADR: Sustaining the Tempo

 

Chair:

Mohammed Dele Belgore, SAN

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Funke Aboyade, SAN

Managing Partner

Aboyade & Co

Morenike Obi-Farinde, FCIArb

Managing Partner

Adigun Ogunseitan& Co

Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Cttee
Tuesday 0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

18. 10 Things No One Knew at Law

School – Learning to Practice or

Practicing to Learn

Panelists:

Dr. Dapo Olanipekun, SAN

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Pats- Ocholonu Hall

 

 

Harbour Point

Olajide Abiodun

Legal Officer

Ikorodu North LCDA

Lagos State Government

Zainab Mohammed

A.M. Inuwa & Co

Gombe State

Tuesday 1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

19. Impact of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on the Future of Air Travel in Africa

 

Open Skies – The Key to Africa’s Future Development

 

Improved Infrastructure and Liberation of the Aviation Industry – The Key to Africa’s Future development

 

 

 

Introduction to Space Law

Moderator:

Ajibola Dalley

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Tarek Badawy

Allen Onyema,

Chairman, Air Peace Nigeria

Captain Boyo,

The Founder and Managing Director, Landover Company Limited

Dr Gbenga Oduntan

Law Lecturer, Associate Professor at the University of Kent, United Kingdom

Aviation Cttee
Tuesday 0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

20. Updates on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015

·         News and Views from Across the States

Innovation, Abuse and Adoption by States.

Chair:

Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN

LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Chinonye Obiagwu, SAN
Uche Ihediwa

Hon Attorney General

Abia State

Cordelia U. Eke

Assistant Director, Public Prosecutions, Rivers State Ministry of Justice

Public Interest Cttee
Tuesday 1100 – 1230

(1:30mins)

 

21. Environmental Justice and the Ecological Crisis in Nigeria: A Rule of Law Approach Dr. Ayo Arowolo

Lecturer, Babcock University

LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Nkiruka Maduekwe

Research Fellow

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Environmental Rights Cttee
Tuesday 0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

22. Medical Negligence: Time to Change the Narrative Moderator:

Laolu Osanyin

ORCHID

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Dr. Francis Faduyile

President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)

Abiodun Olayiwole

Editor –in – Chief, Nigeria Medical Law Report

Akinyemi Sofiyyullah Oladipo
Dr. Joel Akande

Strategic Insight Healthcare, The Hospital Ltd

Alex Muoka

Managing Partner

A. Muoka & Co.

Medicine & The Law Cttee
  1100 – 1230 23. Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers: Content, Training & Practice Chair:

A.B. Mahmud, SAN

ORCHID

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

J.U.K. Igwe SAN

Prof. C. Agomo,
Prof Isa Chiroma

Director General

Nigerian Law School

Gloria Ballason
Professional Development Cttee
  0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

24. Family Law Dynamics in the Face of Current Realities of the 21st Century Moderator:

Hon. Justice Elsie Thompson

IRIS

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Kikelomo Ayeye

Chief Magistrate, Lagos

Chioma Onyenucheya – Uko
Family and Children’s Rights Cttee
Tuesday 1100 – 1230

(1:30mins)

  AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORED PROGRAMME IRIS

Eko Hotel

Tuesday 0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

25. Keeping up with the Creatives:  Opportunities in the Sports, Media and Entertainment Industry

 

Law and Digital Disruption: Advantages in Leveraging Technology and Media

Moderator:

Yahaya Maikori

 

Kayode Eso Hall

 

Harbour Point

 

 

 

Panelists:

Sandra Oyewole

Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP

Yinka Obebe

CEO, Pop Central

Sports, Entertainment & Media Cttee
Tuesday

 

1100 – 1230

 

(1:15mins)

 

26. Growing the Economy Through Legal Reform

·         The Challenges and Interventions

·         Driving Regulatory Compliance Without Stunting the Growth of Businesses

Dr Doyin Salami

CEO\Kainos Edge Consulting Ltd

Lagos

Kayode Eso Hall

 

Harbour Point

 

Economic Development Cttee & Regulation and Compliance Cttee
Tuesday 1030 – 1100 TEA BREAK
Tuesday 1230 – 1400 LUNCH
Tuesday 1400 – 1430

(30 mins)

  AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORED PROGRAMME Convention

Centre

Eko Hotel

Tuesday

 

1430 – 1630

 

PLENARY 2

 

(2hrs)

PLENARY 2 GENERAL INTEREST

SHOWCASE

 

Convention

Centre

Eko Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULE OF LAW SYMPOSIUM
27.  

WHY RULE OF LAW?

Chair:

Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN

Key Note:

Horacio Neto

President, International Bar Association

Panelists:
Independence of the Legal Profession

·         Why and How?

Chris Uche, SAN

 

The Judiciary: Independence Beyond the Letters of the Law

·         Financial Independence

·         Security of Tenure

·         Subordinate or Equals to the Executive?

·         Role of Judges & Legislature in Protecting the Independence of the Judiciary

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader

National Assembly

 

Hon Justice Ogbuinya Obande, JCA, CON

Court of Appeal

Human Rights and Criminal Prosecution

·         Abuse of Prosecutorial Powers

·         Police Brutality on Civil Population

·         EFCC Prosecution of Political Cases

·         Compliance With & Enforcement of Court Orders

Offiong E.B. Offiong, SAN

 

David Aniele

 

Tuesday

 

1630 – 1700

 (30mins)

  AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORED PROGRAMME Convention

Centre

Eko Hotel

CONFERENCE DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST
Wednesday

 

0900 – 1030

(1:30mins)

28. Judicial Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Lead Speaker:

Osai Ojigho

Country Director

Amnesty International

GENERAL INTEREST

SHOWCASE

 

Pats- Ocholonu Hall

Harbour Point

Panelists:

Dr. Dorcas Odunaike

Eno Akpan

Trustee and Board Member

Humanitarian League

Wednesday

 

1100 – 1230

(1:30mins)

29. Expanding Your Legal Practice Offshore  

 

Pats- Ocholonu Hall

 

Harbour Point

Panelists:

Dr Gbolahan Elias

(G. Elias & Co)

Sola Oyebolu
Osayaba Giwa-Osagie
International Legal Practice
Wednesday

 

0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

 

30. Widening the Tax Bracket: Role of Lawyers

 

The Taxing Task of Taxation

·         and FIRS Tentacles

·         Digitalization of Tax Collection and Administration

·         Responsible Taxation and Accountability

Moderator:

Olaleye Adebiyi

 IRIS

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Oluseye Arowolo

Partner, Deloitte

Bidemi Olumide

Partner & CEO, Taxaide

Taxation Cttee
Wednesday 1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

 

31. Shipping Investment in Nigeria: Navigable Waters or a Typhoon?

 

Maritime Labour: The Ripple Effect on Indigenous Growth

Panelists: IRIS

Eko Hotel

Funke Agbor, SAN

Partner,

ACAS-Law

Lagos

Maritime Cttee
Wednesday

 

0900 -1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

32. Kidnapping and Terrorism: Threat to Freedom, Security & National Development

·         What Can Lawyers do?

Chair:

Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Governor, Abia State

Panelists:

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

Wahab Shittu Esq

Major Diepriye Biambi

Dep. Director, Legal Services, Nigerian Army

Dr. Akintayo Akinola

Faculty of Law, University of Lagos

Bob Arnot

British Council

Musibau Adetumbi
Criminal Litigation Cttee
Wednesday

 

 

0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

33. Maximizing the Synergy Between the Bar and Bench

 

The Judge’s Right of Reply

Chair:

O.C.J. Okocha, SAN

JASMINE

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Hon. Justice Otisi, JCA

Justice of the Court of Appeal

Dele Oye Esq
Folasade Alli
Ken Mozia SAN
Judges Forum Cttee
Wednesday 1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

 

34. Operations by Security Agents: Rules of Engagement versus Human Rights of Citizens

 

Lead Speaker:

Stanley Ibe

Open Society Justice Initiative

LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Director, Legal Services, Nigerian Army

Commissioner of Police,

Nigerian Police Force

Ogechi Ogu

Deputy Director, PRAWA

Security Cttee
Wednesday 1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

35. Effective Implementation of the National Legal Aid Strategy (2017 -2022) Pro Bono and Access to Justice Cttee LANTANA

Eko Hotel

Wednesday 0900 – 1030

 

(1:30mins)

 

 

 

36. Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Domestic and Cross Border Migration Chair:

Priscilla Kuye

GENERAL INTEREST

 

ZINNIA

Eko Hotel

 

 

Lead Speaker:

Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON,

Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

Panelists:

Dr. Anselm Abonyi

Lecturer, Faculty of Law

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

Anambra State

Kaka S. Lawan

Past Attorney General

Borno State

Wednesday 1100 – 1230

 

(1:30mins)

 

 

37. Implementing SDG 5 (Gender Equality and Female Empowerment)

·         Legislative Intervention

·         Cultural Re-orientation

·         Invisibility in the Bar/Political Space

Chair:

Alh Aliko Dangote

President, Dangote Industries

GENERAL INTEREST

 

ZINNIA

Eko Hotel

Lead Speaker:

Herbert Wigwe

GMD, Access Bank

Panelists:

Uto Ukpanah

Company Secretary

MTN Plc

Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

Executive Director, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)

Hilary Ogbonna

Director, Africa and Middle East, Office of the United Nations Campaign on Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday 1030 – 1100 TEA BREAK
Wednesday 0800 – 1700   FREE FOR STATE GOVERNMENT SHOWCASE SESSIONS Kayode Eso Hall
Wednesday 1230 –1400 LUNCH
Wednesday 1400 – 1430

(30mins)

  NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Convention Center
      PLENARY 3
Wednesday

 

PLENARY 3

 

1430 – 1600

(1:30mins)

38. THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, AND THE REGULATION OF LEGAL PRACTICE AND PRACTITIONERS

·         Enforcement of Sanctions Against Lawyers

·         Ethics, Conduct of Lawyers in Deceiving Courts

·         Status and implementation of the Report of the Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee

·         Review of the Legal Practitioners Act

Chair:

Chief Olanipekun, SAN

GENERAL INTEREST

SHOWCASEPLENARY

 

Convention Center

Eko Hotel

Panelists:

Tony Idigbe, SAN

Prof Fabian Ajogwu, SAN
Prof Erugo

Dean

Faculty of Law

Abia State University

PRESIDENT’S DINNER
Wednesday 1800 – 2100 Black Tie Convention Centre
CONFERENCE DAY 4 – THURSDAY 29 AUGUST
Thursday 0930 – 1045   Annual General Meeting Section on Business Law Harbour Point
Thursday 0930 – 1045   Annual General Meeting Section on Legal Practice Harbour Point
Thursday 0930 – 1045   Annual General Meeting Section on Public Interest & Development Law Harbour Point
Thursday 1400 – 1600   NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Harbour Point
Thursday 1600 – 1630   Communiqué and Press Conference

 

Paul Usoro, SAN

President, NBA

Harbour Point