By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
The newly sworn in Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Abakaliki chapter, Barrister Okorie Ogbonnaya has disclosed that his members are poised not only to protect but also preserve rights of the citizens.
The legal luminary made this known to the newsmen on Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 at Chief Justice’s Court during the Inauguration ceremony organized for the executive members who would run the affairs of the noble association for the next two years.
Barrister Okorie after expressing excitement for being given the chance to lead appreciated his colleagues and also assured all that the members would go extra mile within the scope of the law to ensure that individuals are saved from unjustifiable molestation and harassment.
“The mandate of this leadership is to ensure that our members are accommodated in every opportunity and in addition, for the fact that we have synergy with both the government and the judiciary, we shall make sure that humans are well protected, gone are the days when people’s rights are trampled upon indiscriminately”, he said.
He added that all their projects which were obstructed by COVID-19 pandemic would be completed by the present leadership while the association fondly called “Salt Bar” would be elevated to an enviable height.
The Vice Chairman, Barrister Sixtus Ndubuisi Ogbuinya expressed satisfaction over the electoral process which he described as “an actualized dream” that brought about their emergence and also thanked the members for their love and unity.
Barrister Ogbuinya said, “When right persons declare interest in some leadership positions, those who know their worth would always give them chance, it is in view of this notion and the members having seen that we are good materials in our various endeavour elected all of us unopposed.”
He disclosed that they would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that they impress the members through their services.
The Secretary who happened to be the assistant secretary in the immediate past administration, Barrister Nnaemeka Nwambam expressed gratitude over the conduct of the election and also requested for unalloyed support from the members to enable Exco officers actualize their collective goal.
Barrister Nwambam said, “I am appealing that the massive support earlier enjoyed in the last administration should also be given to us, so that in the long run we shall celebrate together.”
The outgone Chairman, Barrister Festus Nweke, in his remark said that the calibre of the functionaries clearly indicated that the Salt Bar had been repositioned before the committee of bar in Nigeria.
While enumerating his achievements, Barrister Nweke said that the mammoth crowd seen during the inauguration symbolizes the level of love found among the members courtesy of his leadership.
He added that in his era, the members’ welfare was prioritized in such a way that palliative items were shared among them during the lockdown to cushion the effect of the pandemic, principally to help the young lawyers.
According to him, the past leadership did not only construct an impressive building which had gotten to the roofing level before the pandemic but also refurbished the union’s vehicle and charged the Exco members for unity.
Barrister (Pastor) Nnamdi Okezie, a member advised the leaders to be up and doing in their obligations towards the union and promised to assist at his own little way for their collective progress either spiritually or physically each he is called upon.
The new executive members who were sworn in by Hon. Justice Ken Eze of Ebonyi State High Court are as follows: Okorie Ogbonnaya as Chairman, Sixtus Ogbuinya as Vice Chairman, Nnaemeka Nwambam as Secretary, Nwanneka Chinweuba as Treasurer, Uchenna Isu Ejeri as Publicity Secretary, Stanley Igboke as Social Secretary, Justina Nneamaka Nweke as Welfare Secretary, David Nwankwo as Asst Secretary and Festus Nweke as NEC Rep.