The Nigerian Bar Association has lauded the European Union for the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme which organized a two-day retreat for the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association. The programme which took place at the City center brought together for the first time the three branches of the NBA, the Unity Bar (FCT Branch), Bwari Bar and Gwagwalada Bar for a brainstorming and strategic planning on the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
Speaking on the programme Barrister Clement Chukwuemeka the Bwari Bar Chairman while lauding the organizers and the former president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonanthan pointed that the primary purpose for the formation of the NBA is for the betterment of the society. He stressed that the responsibility now lies on the branches to replicate the lesson learnt from the retreat.
“We are to go back to our various community, put what we have learnt into practice by reaching out to the people who cannot afford this services let them know that NBA is there for them as well as going to the various police station and police posts sensitizing them about some relevant sections that concern them in the ACJA.
During the retreat the participants mainly members of the Nigerian Bar Association stressed the need for more prosecutors for the Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). This they said will go a long way to actualization of the prison decongestant plan of the federal government.
The programme which was organized under auspices of The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme funded by the European Union and Implemented by the British Council gathered various NBA chairmen from the various branches in the FCT
The retreat, took place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August at the Federal Secretariat Abuja near the Federal High.
According to Barrister Peter Omenka, the RoLAC programme Officer, the action plans and recommendations from the programme will be communicated to the various stakeholders after compilation and later made available to the press.