The Federal Government has inaugurated the General Council of the Bar to enable it deliver on its mission and core values in strengthening the capacity of the Nigerian Bar Association as well as to promote the rule of law.
While inaugurating the members of the Council in Abuja, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, advised them to restore the confidence which the public had reposed on the legal profession.
“The Bar Council is and should be seen, as a vehicle or platform for driving the developmental agenda of the NBA, implementing NBA resolutions and influencing government policies in view of its composition by the Attorneys-General who are strategically positioned to influence their Excellencies, the President and State governors.” said Mr Malami.
President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Yakubu Maikyau, said there was need to provide regulations that would guide the conduct of legal practitioners towards the fight against corruption, money laundering, terrorism, economic crimes and other criminal activities.
Mr Maikyau, maintained that it was the duty of the Council to provide the leadership that would be accountable in the fight against the menaces that had bedeviled the nation.
Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, expressed optimism that the Bar Council would teach new wigs to grapple with challenges of the profession through collaboration and capacity building.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare