Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, has once again pushed the Nigerian Bar Association to take intentional steps to address what he calls the country’s slide in legal practice standards.
He expressed concern that the actions of some lawyers were undermining the legal profession’s reputation and public image.
According to a statement published on Sunday by the deputy governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, he remarked over the weekend while welcoming a group from the NBA Women Forum, Bayelsa Chapter.
As a result, he asked all well-meaning stakeholders to do everything in their power to redeem and protect the profession’s prestige and integrity.
Ewhrudjakpo, a lawyer, specifically charged all NBA organs with playing a crucial role in promoting the professional standards for which the legal profession was known, warning that if immediate action was not taken, the profession will suffer.
He urged the NBA to develop a framework that would require newly admitted lawyers to spend a certain number of years under the guidance of more experienced practitioners before receiving the silk.
Ewhrudjakpo, who was overjoyed with the number of energetic female lawyers in the state, commended the NBA women’s forum for its support of the government’s programs thus far.
He told them that the government would look into their request for assistance in acquiring office space, as well as sponsorship for its members to attend the 2022 NBA Conference in Lagos.
Earlier in her remarks, Dise Ogbise, State Lead of the NBA Women Forum, praised the state government for its favorable attitude toward female attorneys in the state.
She urged the government to grant additional appointive roles to members of the forum and to help them acquire office space so that the forum could do more to promote the administration’s commendable policies and programs.