Borno NBA urges FG to dialogue with striking workers
THE Borno State Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has urged the Federal Government to “dialogue” with its members by speeding up the resolution of the judiciary workers’ strike, which already had crippled court activities in the last two weeks in the country.
Chairman of the Maiduguri Branch of the association, Abdulwasiu Alfa, who made this appeal in Maiduguri while delivering his speech during the Yearly Law Week of the Maiduguri/Biu branches of NBA, lamented that the strike had hindered administration of justice for over two weeks.
His words: “The lingering security challenges in Borno State have posed a lot of challenges to the administration of justice in general and legal practice. It has succeeded in crippling a substantial aspect our means of livelihood and it has, in fact, threatened our values and essence.”
He also said that the yearly law week provides a platform for members of the legal profession to acquire and improve their skills and knowledge in their field of practice within their domain for enhanced productivity, adding that the theme of the discussion for the NBA week revolves around the application of the Borno State High Court Civil Procedures Rules 2012.
“The choice of the theme is apt. There is a compelling need for the Bar and the Bench to clearly understand the spirit and letters as well as intent of the above orders in the rules. Only few of us understand the rules and even less, appreciate it. This is the only avenue for us to understand and appreciate it,” he added.
Governor Kashim Shettima, who declared the workshop open, also said that the NBA is one of the most respected professional associations in Nigeria; because they have consistently remained “voice of the voiceless” and always offer a shoulder for the distressed in the society to always lean on.