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72 eminent practitioners conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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On the occasion of the New Legal Year ceremony, 72 eminent practitioners and academics were conferred with the distinguished rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata addressing the Supreme Court at the occasion on Monday, re-emphasised the need for independence of the judiciary, improved welfare of the judicial officers and provision of adequate funding.

“In which the judiciary requires to conduct its business enabling the courts to freely decide cases without external influence; and ensuring that orders and judgments of our courts are respected by all persons.

He called on the NJC not to relent in its efforts to rid the bench of corruption and to continually tackle the issue of the discipline of judicial officers and be more firm in dealing with the perennial problem of delay in the determination of cases in Nigeria.

Akpata urged the new silks to lend their voice to the need to expand and diversify areas of the profession and to encourage and support young lawyers to foray into varied practice areas.

“Also to make more deliberate efforts towards mentoring others in the profession; and to set the standard and lead by example in the area of remuneration of the lawyers”, he said.





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