Sunday, 21 June 2020

UPDATES: NBA, Lagos Branch Announces Resumption of Monthly Meetings; To Hold First Virtual Meeting On 22 June 2020

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Announces Resumption of Monthly Meeting; Holds First Virtual Meeting On June 22, 2020

The announcement is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Branch, Mr. Moshood

Abiola. The Statement reads:

“Dear Colleagues,

The monthly general meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch will hold on Monday 22nd June, 2020 by 1pm via Zoom.

Knowledge Sharing Session.

Topic:  Pensions; Law and Policy Thematics in Nigeria.

Speaker: Mr Femi Ojumu. Esq, FBR, MBA, B.L., LL.B(Hons). Principal Partner, Femi Ojumu & Co.

Please find below the details on how to join in on the meeting;

You are invited to the June Monthly Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch.. 

When: Jun 22, 2020 01:00 PM West Central Africa 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udeirpjgpHN3yj1EqN4w-ybLGFWEPl57d  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you.

Moshood Abiola 

Secretary

NBA, Lagos Branch.”

It would be recalled that, following the lockdowns imposed by the both Lagos State and the Federal Government to contain the spread of COVIS-19 Pandemic, the NBA Lagos Chairman, Mr. Yemi Akangbe, had on 20 March 2020, announced suspension of the Branch`s monthly meetings “till further notice.” A statement he issued to that effect, and published in the TheNigeriaLawyer, had stated, in part, as follows:

    “In wake of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and following Lagos State                     Government’s directive to suspend all public gathering of 50 persons or more, it has become imperative for us , as a Branch, to take proactive steps to ensure the safety of our members. To this end, I implore us all not to panic but rather seek reliable information from authentic sources on modes of preventing and steps to take, should one observe any symptom of Covid-19.  In the meantime, we should consider working remotely, in order to avoid making the usual everyday contact that one would ordinarily make in the course of a normal day’s activity. Health is wealth, they say. Please be informed that the Exco of the Branch has made recommendations to the Lagos State High Court and the Federal High Court to consider having all pending matters for 14 days from today, the 20th of March, 2020 (except urgent civil and criminal matters and appearances therein to be restricted to only counsel on record, with thermometer and hand wash facilities at the entrance of the Courts premises) and thereafter and then review the situation.  The High Court of Lagos State has informed the Exco of the Branch that it will consider our recommendation and issue some guidelines in due course.  The Admin Judge of the Federal High Court has promised to liaise with the Chief Judge of that Court and revert to us in due course. In the interim, I humbly urge that we endeavour to protect ourselves by being as careful and cautious as possible and to adhere strictly to the following World Health Organisation recommendations: Wash your hands frequently, Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, avoid crowded places. Stay at home if you feel unwell – even with a slight fever and cough. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call by phone first.”

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