The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) has commenced registration for its 2021 Annual Conference.

Recall that the 2019 Annual Conference held last November at Aba, Abia State.
The 2021 conference will hold in Ibadan, Oyo State from February 17 to February 20, 2021.

The theme of the conference is “The Role of Public Interest in Governance in Nigeria.”

The Chairman of the Media & Publicity Sub-committee, Mr. Emeka Nwadioke, says the early bird registration will end on Monday, 8th of February, 2021.

For lawyers of 1-5 years post-call, early bird registration is 5k while late registration is 7k. For lawyers of 5-10 years post-call, early bird is 7k while late registration is 10k

The registration details are as follows:

CONFERENCE FEE

Categories Early Bird Registration Late Registration
1 – 5 years Post Call N5,000 N7,500
6 – 10 years Post Call N7,000 N10,000
11 – 15 years Post Call N10,000 N20,000
16 – 20 years Post Call N15,000 N40,000
Above 20 years Post Call N20,000 N50,000
SAN, AGs, Benchers N50,000 N100,000
Magistrates N25,000 N25,000
Justices, Judges, Khadis N30,000 N30,000
Senior Citizens N20,000 N20,000
Non-Lawyers N20,000 N20,000
Political Appointees N50,000 N100,000

Interested persons are to visit www.nbaspidel.ng for registration and payments are to be made into the following account details:

BANK: ACCESS BANK PLC
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0775676671
ACCOUNT NAME: NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (SPIDEL) ACCOUNT
Send all proof of payment to info@nbaspidel.ng and nbaspidel@nigerianbar.org.ng
For enquiries, please call 08003331111, 08069566120 or email nbaspidel@nigerianbar.org.ng

Giving more insights on the conference, the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) Chairman, Mr. Monday Ubani and Secretary, Mr. Wole Jimi-Bada said in a statement: “Recall that the last conference of the Section took place in Aba, Abia State and was a tremendous success, as everyone that participated attested to the richness of the conference that was clinically executed by the Chairman of the Section, Dr. Paul Ananaba SAN and the Conference Planning Committee headed by Mr. Chibuike Nwokeukwu SAN. Next year’s conference with the central theme of ‘The Role of Public Interest in Governance in Nigeria’ promises to be an earth-shaking event that will attract the crème de la crème of the noble profession and the political class in Nigeria.

“The three-day event has a load of sub-themes such as ‘Public interest and the respect of the rights of citizens to protest against certain policies of government,’ ‘The legality of Commission of Inquiry of the State Government over Police Brutality,’ ‘Enforcement of Judgement’ and ‘Locus standi in the light of the recent Supreme Court case of Centre for Oil Pollution Watch Vs NNPC’ among others.

“The event taking place in the ancient city of Ibadan in the South West promises to be an experience every lawyer whose interest is geared towards serving the cause of the masses will treasure for a long time. The various speakers that will be Resource Persons for the Conference will include the best array of experts on public interest litigation, top political decision makers and the shakers and movers of the Nigerian economy.

“The Conference will be declared open by the hardworking Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Mr. Seyi Makinde who has in his cabinet two active members of the Bar that were recently elevated to the Inner Bar. These are the Chairman of the Local Conference Planning Committee, Mr. Abiola Olagunju SAN who also heads the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission and Professor Oyelowo Oyewo SAN, the Oyo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. They will be pivotal to the successful hosting of the Conference next year in Oyo State.

“The indomitable President of the Nigerian Bar Association Mr. Olumide Akpata; the Head of the Secretariat, Mrs. Joyce Oduah, and the entire National Officers, including the National Executive Committee of the Bar have expressed their support for the forthcoming conference that promises not to be forgotten in a hurry for a long to come in the annals of NBA.”