Following his victory in the just concluded Nigerian Bar Association election, Governor Willie Obiano has congratulated Anthony Olumide Akpata who emerged as the 30th President of the NBA.
In a statement released, Mr.C. Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, quoted the Governor’s words thus: “Under your leadership the NBA is expected to fight for the oppressed, the marginalized and the neglected in not just the legal oppression but also in the larger society”, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, quoted Governor Willie Obiano as saying in a statement today in Awka, the state capital.
“You won overwhelmingly because of your pledge to work in solidarity with junior lawyers, provide health insurance for all and end all forms of abuse in the workplace.
“We have no doubt that you will deliver the goods because, among other critical factors, you have a name to defend. Your father, the late Chief Olu Akpata, was not just an early university administrator but also a statesman who made a name for fighting for justice and liberation and equity and equality”.
Governor Obiano urged Mr. Akpata to emulate the footsteps of Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, a foremost human rights defender and most importantly a worthy son of Anambra, to ensure the NBA remains an instrument for social justice. This is given the fact that the NBA is one of the oldest and most influential associations in Nigeria.
Mr Akpata, former chairman of the NBA Section on Business Law, won the election with over 50% of the votes cast and he is the first no-SAN to lead the NBA in recent years.
The Anambra State government also congratulated all the people newly elected into the NBA leadership, “including our dear daughter, Mrs Joyce Oduah who is now the Secretary, and Mr Uchenna Nwadialo, the Assistant Secretary, as well as Nnamdi Anagor, the financial secretary”.
The new executives are to be sworn in on a date yet to be announced.
Culled from: ABS news