21st January, 2022
By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmad Lawan are expected to grace the 2022 Justice Sector Summit.
The Chairman, NBA Judiciary Committee, Dr Babatunde Ajibade, who disclosed on Friday in Abuja, said the summit will be held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on Jan. 25.
Ajibade said that Lawan and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad, would be among the special guests and speakers at the summit.
The theme of the summit is, “Devising Practical Solutions towards Improved Performance, Enhanced Accountability and Independence in the Justice Sector.’’
He said that others expected as special guests were Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives, and Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“Justice Peter Affen, Justice of the Court of Appeal, will be the Keynote Speaker, while the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chief Justice, the Senate President and the NBA President, Olumide Apata, will hold a panel session.
“The panel session will be on the topic, “Devising Practical Solutions towards Improved Performance, Enhanced Accountability and Independence in the Justice Sector.”
Ajibade said that panel session would be moderated by Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the NBA.
He said that Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was collaborating with the Justice Research Institute, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and The Justice Reform Project (JRP) to host the event.
According to him, the summit aims towards the establishment and maintenance of an effective, fair, humane, accessible and accountable justice sector in Nigeria that enjoys the trust and confidence of citizens and businesses.
Ajibade said that the collaboration was an effort to harmonise the various initiatives of different stakeholders towards addressing perceived challenges in the Nigerian justice sector.
“The NBA alongside other stakeholders in the justice sector, such as the NJC, the Justice Research Institute, UNODC, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Justice Reform Project (JRP) have been working on a variety of initiatives, all aimed at addressing perceived challenges in the Nigerian justice sector.
“The UNODC and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation had, for instance, commissioned a study on the judicial selections and appointments process, with plans to host an event to publish the results and recommendations of the study,” he said.