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The "IBA MODEL" Manifesto

The "IBA MODEL SECRETARIAT"

In furtherance of the functions and duties ascribed to the office of NBA General Secretary by Section 8 (5)(e) of the Nigerian Bar Association Constitution (as amended, 29th August, 2019), I shall, with the collaborative efforts of the President and other National officers, faithfully seek to achieve the following for the Nigerian Bar Association:

#1 Innovative And IT-Driven Secretariat:

For a multi-member organization like the Nigerian Bar Association, an interactive portal that must be ‘all times up’ is very key to maintaining effective communication between the national Secretariat, branches and especially, members.

#2 Professionalized secretariat and enhanced staff capacity.

Staffs of the Secretariat are usually the first point of contact for both members and non members of the Bar who visit the National Secretariat. It is pertinent that these staff are properly schooled and groomed to exhibit high level decorum, nobility, modesty, competence and professionalism at all times in the discharge of their official duties.

#3 Establishment of a comprehensive database/membership E-directory

We shall facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive database and an annual e directory of all branches and members. This e-directory shall be published after the 31st of March every year.

#4 Presentation of NBA Patents and Introduction of customised membership stickers

We must device a mechanism to curb the rising cases of proliferation of NBA membership stickers and abuse of her patents. If practicable, we shall introduce customized membership stickers just like the NBA stamps.

#5 Establishment of Membership Directorate

The strength of the National Secretariat is dependent upon the strength of branches and members nationwide. With the consent and approval of the President, we shall create a dedicated new directorate to be called ‘Membership Directorate’ with competent and motivated staff

#6 Capacity building and improved welfare of Lawyers, especially the young Lawyers.

An improved welfare of lawyers is very critical to the success of any NBA administration.

#7 We shall facilitate a seamless legal mail/e-filing experience to support legal practice.

The current practice is archaic, cumbersome and constitutes a clog on the wheel of access to justice. Our thinking is that generic web forms can be created to enable lawyers fill these forms to suit their respective pleadings, enable electronic signature, affix e-stamp and proceed to efiling.

#8 Professional discipline and etiquettes

We shall review, restructure and reinvigorate our disciplinary mechanisms and introduce a more robust and sustainable system.

Facilitate special CLE seminars/webinars focused on ethics and Professional discipline, for a continued sensitization of lawyers, especially young lawyers.

#9 Transparency and financial Management

We shall review, restructure and reinvigorate our disciplinary mechanisms and introduce a more robust and sustainable system.

Facilitate special CLE seminars/webinars focused on ethics and Professional discipline, for a continued sensitization of lawyers, especially young lawyers.

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