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Justice Ejembi, Falana to headline NBA-SPIDEL town hall meeting

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The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) has pencilled Justice Eko Ejembi of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and activist-lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) for its town hall meeting.

The meeting, scheduled for February 28, at Ikeja, Lagos, is themed “Justiciability of Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution – the need for the Nigerian Judicial System to be more proactive”.

While Ejembi will chair the event, Falana will be the lead speaker, the NBA-SPIDEL said in a statement by its chairman and host of the event, Dr. Monday Ubani.

Ubani noted that NBA President Olumide Akpata is the Chief Host.

The event will feature two plenary sessions, with discussants including chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Luke Onofiok; Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba; Chief Judge of Abia State, Onuoha Ogwe; Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), Yemi Adamolekun; and Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Kolawole Oluwadare.

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed is also expected as the lead speaker in the second plenary that will feature Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo and his Ekiti State counterpart Olawale Fapohunda, among others.

Ubani explained that the meeting aims to arouse the consciousness of the various institutions that are under the mandate to provide socio-economic rights to Nigerians.

He said it would specifically seek to bring to the judiciary’s awareness the abiding responsibility it owes Nigerians to interpret the 1999 constitution to give life to the spirit and letter behind it.

The meeting will gather judicial officers, political actors, legislators, lawyers and civil society leaders to consider the idea of providing socio-economic rights to Nigerians which, according to Ubani, can redefine the art of governance.

Ubani added that the town hall meeting, which will take a hybrid form, will have not more than 200 persons attending physically while the rest will link up online.

He urged prospective attendees, both online and physical, to register on time via https://tinyurl.com/nbaspidelth2022

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