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Eastern Bar Elects New governing Council Members

The Eastern Bar Forum EBF of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA  has elected members of the governing council to pilot the association’s affairs for the next two years.

The EBF, a regional forum within the NBA, comprises 43 branches in the nine states that make up the old Eastern Region.

Those elected are  Chairman (Governor) Chief Arthur Elvis Chukwu,  Vice-Chairman Anthony E. Okorodas,  Secretary Paul  S.T. Ubom, Treasurer  Egbunonu Emmanuel, Financial Secretary Joe K. Berebon, Publicity Secretary Georde l. Fortune, Asst. Secretary Damian  O. Nosike while  Ogunji. C. kingsley and Augustine I. Owo  are members.

In his acceptance speech, the EBF Governor, Chief Arthur Elvis Chukwu said: “Everyone without exception acknowledges the EBF as the most organised forum within the Nigerian Bar Association as it carries without pretext its banner of fairness, justice, equity, good conscience and the rule of law.

“It is, therefore, not surprising that at a time like this when political gladiators could maim and kill in the jostle for political positions, the EBF chose to show the right path once more by returning the governor of the forum unopposed and even the rest of the council members, because of the level of confidence you have come to repose in us and your trust in our capacity to steer the ship of leadership to brighter shores and for the benefit of the legal profession, our dear nation and entire humanity.

“This does not in any way diminish the gargantuan human resources which the Forum proudly parades, it rather projects the EBF as peace-loving, calculated, brilliant and understanding people prepared to conduct her affairs with all the humility that is appropriate to her very unique circumstance as we position the Forum as a shining example and a pathfinder in the actualisation of peace and unity in our country which has become illusive apparently.”

In his valedictory speech, former chairman of EBF Governing Council, Elder Efefiom Otu Efiom Ekong, thanked members of the forum for the support given to him and his executives during his tenure.

He said: “During our tenure, we were also successful in obtaining allocation of land for the creation of the EBF Permanent Secretariat as well as a Temporary Secretariat from the government and good people of Enugu State.

“Plans are ongoing for the Forum to meet the appropriate authority to take physical possession of the allocated land and Temporary Secretariat both situate at Enugu.

“We are glad to report that the finances of the Forum have significantly improved as a result of the sacrifices made by members of the Governing Council and prudent management of funds. As at  today, the aggregate balance in the Forum’s two Accounts in Zenith Bank Plc and Ecobank Nigeria Limited stands at N6, 604,814.44.”

Speaking on behalf  of Senior Advocates, Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, congratulated the members of the governing council on their election and desire to serve the association.

He said: “As our brother E.E. Ekong and his immediate past executives did well, this executive will do better. As we go into the next round of elections which is always very challenging, the forum should be careful and do everything in the best interest of the forum.”

The event was attended by senior Bar leaders from the EBF and beyond, including:  the Second Vice-President of the NBA, Monday Onyekachi Ubani, Third Vive-President  Ben Oji who represented the NBA President, Chief Ndukwe Nnawuchi (SAN), former General Secretary of the NBA Emeka Obegolu, Prof. Ogugua Ikpeze, Secretary of Egbe Amofin, Ranti Ajileti, T. T. Hyndu and several Bar leaders.

The new chairman dissolved all standing and ad hoc committees of the association except the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee which is headed by former Secretary of the group, Mr. S. Long Williams.

He set up a fundraising committee to build its permanent secretariat in Enugu, noting that he was eager for the next meeting of the Forum.

The committee is chaired by Ntufan Mba Ukwene (SAN) while its members include Atta Ochubuike, Mrs Pat.  Igwebuike, Prof. Ogugua Ikpeze,  E. E. Ekong, Chief  O. O. Igwenyi , Nnamdi Otubu, Mrs. Ada Obi Edozie, Mrs. Joyce Odua and Kingsley Olemeforo who will serve as its secretary.

Source: John Austin Unachukwu
The Nation News

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