After 18 years of existence of the Yenagoa branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) came the birth of the Sagbama branch of the association. The inauguration of the new branch which was held on the 12th of May, 2014 witnessed the attendance of eminent legal personalities from within and outside Bayelsa State.
The long list of personalities in attendance include: Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Daniel Ayah, Hon. Justice E.G Umukoro, (Sagbama High Court), Hon. Justice I. Eradiri (Ekeremor High Court) NBA President, Okey Wali SAN, NBA National Treasurer, Joyce Oduah, Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wodu Kemasuode, Special Adviser to the Governor on Legal Matters, Mr. Stanley Damabide, Vice-Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area, Hon. Dame Ebbeli, Chairman of NBA Yenagoa, Dr. Anthony Okorodas.
Hon. Justice Kate Abiri remarked that the creation of the Sagbama branch will enhance greater representation at the national level of the professional body. She also stressed that the bench is ready to cooperate with the bar at all times, provide enabling practice environment and accommodate useful suggestions from the bar.
President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Daniel Ayah in his speech admonished the bar to be alive to its responsibilities both to the society and the legal profession. He however thanked the Yenagoa bar and the national executive committee of the NBA for bringing into existence the Sagbama branch.
Mr. Okey Wali SAN, President of the NBA expressed delight at the emergence of the Sagbama branch and further emphasize the need to promote the rule of law at all times by key players in the justice sector.
Mr. Wodu Kemasuode, Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State congratulates the branch and admonished office holders to take their office seriously and equally promised the branch of government support.
Other congratulatory messages recorded at the inauguration were addresses from, Hon. Justice E.G Umukoro, (Sagbama High Court), Hon. Justice I. Eradiri (Ekeremor High Court), Vice-Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area, Hon. Dame Ebbeli, Chairman of NBA Yenagoa, Dr. Anthony Okorodas, NBA National Treasurer, Joyce Oduah.
Pioneer Chairman of the newly inaugurated branch, Mr. A.S Arthur pontificated that the branch will continue to uphold and maintain the noble ideals of viagra or cialis of the profession with the aid of its guiding philosophy which is ‘to promote the building of a progressive society and protection of the right of the common man through advocacy’.
Members of the pioneer executives are; A.S Arthur (Chairman), Dise Sheila Ogbise-Erhisere (Vice Chairman), Prince D.O Ejinyere (Secretary), Israel Nwokeiwu (Assistant Secretary), Penawei Pamosoo (Treasure), Frank Alegbe (Legal Adviser), Izibeserime Joseph (Financial Secretary), T.M Biriabebe (Publicity Secretary) Eunice Akene (Welfare Secretary) and Henry Otobo (Provost)
The newly inaugurated Sagbama branch executives of the NBA via its pioneer Secretary, Prince D.O Ejinyere thanked everyone for making it to the inauguration ceremony and bid all journey mercies.