AGF Urge Inaugurated GCB Members To Rejig Legal Profession

AGF Urge Inaugurated GCB Members To Rejig Legal Profession

By Deborah Musa, Abuja

The Attorney General of the Federal, (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN on Monday, charged the newly inaugurated General Council of the Bar, GCB, members to strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian Bar Association, to deliver on its mission and core values, as well as expand the frontiers of the fundamental essence of the legal profession in Nigeria.

He also Urged the council Bar to put their best foot forward to rejig the legal profession and change the current negative perception of the profession.

He said the newly inaugurated GCB, are been presented with an opportunity as constitutional heads of the legal profession and members of the Bar to meet and deliberate on pertinent issues affecting the legal profession in the country.

He called on members of the Bar Council, which comprises of all the Attorneys General of the States, 20 members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Attorney-General of the Federation who shall be the President of the Council as enunciated in Section 1 (2)( a-c) of the Legal Practitioners Act 2004, to serve with commitment and focus on the development and sustainability of the legal profession, rather than on issues that perpetuate distrust or disunity.

Malami said, “As we proceed to inaugurate a new set of members of the Bar Council, it is my fervent hope and desire that the Bar Council will strive to overcome inherent limitations to reinvent and reassert itself in the legal architecture of our nation.

Together we must work to restore the confidence which the public hitherto reposed in members of the legal profession” Malami stated that the General Council of the Bar was established by the Legal Practitioners Act, LPA, and are saddled with functions as may be prescribed by the Act and the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Also speaking, the Solicitor-General of the Federation and permanent secretary, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, called on the Nigerian Bar Association to be good leaders to the upcoming generation of lawyers and work harmoniously through deliberate cooperation and collaboration with public and private bar for capacity building.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN said that there was the absolute need to provide regulations that will guide the conduct of legal Practitioners towards the fight against corruption, money laundering, terrorism, economic crimes, and other criminal activities.

He said the legal profession while maintain the privileges conferred on it by the statutes, self-regulate it’s conduct as to make it accountable in the fight against the menaces that have bedeviled the nation.

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