* As lawyers frown over the conference materials
The Chairman of the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) for the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conference, Mr. George Etomi, has assured members of the Association that all lawyers who registered for the 2018 Conference will get their conference materials given to them.
The TCCP Chairman made this known on Saturday, the 25th of August, when contacted by TheNigerialawyer to respond to the numerous complaints from lawyers who, having paid to attend the conference, would be unable to do so.
It was the complaint of these lawyers that this year the collection of the conference materials is only done in Abuja, where the conference is scheduled to hold, even though the registration instructions on the Conference registration portal required participants to select a pick-up location for their conference materials within their respective states.
According to Mr. Etomi “, the conference is meticulously planned, and every registered member will get the material whether you attend the conference or not. The material is enough, so if they don’t come, theirs will be available and will get to them”.
Speaking further Mr. Etomi noted that as an alternative any member who registered and could not attend the conference may ask their Branch Chairman, or authorize any person attending the conference, to pick up the conference material for them. According to him “For those of them who cannot make it to Abuja for the Conference, they can inform the Branch Chairman to help them pick it up. They can also give an authorization letter to whosoever they want to pick the materials for them.”
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Nigerian Bar Association recently announced the venue and time for collection of the 2018 conference material and access cards, and registered members who are within Abuja to attend the conference have started getting the materials. However, some members have complained that this year’s conference materials greatly fall short of the expectation, particularly with the high conference fees. One of the conferees who received the material wrote this:
“@ NBA CONFERENCE: I just picked my conference materials from Class-A Park Wuse 2 Abuja. The “Conference Materials” contain my Conference tag, a blue folder, a jotter and biro. I paid 100k for this conference as an early bird. Yet, even the flash drives they promised is missing. I feel very cheated. There is a dire need for accountability in the affairs of NBA.”
Another Lawyer said, “The conference materials they are giving to lawyers are not more than N2k.”