June 7, 2023

6th June, 2022

MY MANIFESTOS

INTRODUCTION

My name is Olayinka Dauda Jimoh. I am contesting for the position of Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch in the forthcoming 2022 NBA Election. I was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012 and have been in private practice since then.

I am not only qualified to contest for the post of Secretary in the branch, I have the zeal and drive to pursue purpose-driven projects for the branch. Also, I know I can competently function and carry out the duties of the office of Secretary if elected.

I have served in all three organs of Nigerian Bar Association – Young Lawyers’ Forum. I served as the Chairman, NBA-YLF, Ilorin Branch between 2017-2019 from where I rose to become Chairman, Arewa Young Lawyers Forum in year 2018. In the same year 2018, I was appointed member central organizing committee, 2018 NBA-YLF Summit in Lagos. It needs to be stated that YLF Ilorin under my leadership did its best to promote the ideas of the forum as envisaged by the NBA Constitution. Some of the achievements recorded by the forum under my watch are as follow:

(1) A two (2) days YLF-ILORIN Retreat (first of its kind in Ilorin and Northern Bar). Wherein we had the following:

a) Symposium
b) Football match
c) A cocktail party
d) A visit to Owu Waterfall in Owu Isin, Kwara State

(2) A One (1) day Seminar, two breakout sessions (first of its kind in Ilorin bar) where we had in attendance the following prominent personalities: the former President of NBA, Mr Paul Usoro, SAN; former General Secretary of NBA, Mr Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN; Mallam Sanni Garungabbas, SAN (Former A.G, Jigawa State); Prof Wahab Egbewole SAN (Keynote Speaker); Mr K.K Eleja SAN (Chairman of one of the sessions), and; Mr Wahab Ismail (Chairman one of the season). Other Speakers were: Prof Ernest Ojukwu SAN; Chief Obi Okafor SAN; Chief Mrs Ronke Adeyemi; Chief Taiye Oniyide and many others.

(3) The first NBA-YLF (ILORIN) Dinner and Awards Night. The dinner was made free of charge for members and other attendees.

(4) Commencement of YLF-ILORIN monthly lecture on Continuing Legal Education for capacity building of all members.

(5) Commencement of provision for refreshments in all YLF-Ilorin monthly meetings

(6) Full sponsorship for some YLF Ilorin members at the Abuja 2018 and Lagos 2019 Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conferences

(7) Full sponsorship for all members of YLF Ilorin who attended two (2) day National Annual YLF Summit in Lagos. This included: transportation, registration and accommodation.

(8) Provisions of accommodation for some members at the Lagos and Abuja NBA – AGC (the members benefitted from this scheme were different from those given full sponsorship for the AGC)

(9) Organized a get together dinner for YLF-ILORIN members at the NBA AGC in Lagos in 2019

(10) Afterparty at Princess luxury hotel

(11) Creation of YLF Football Team and Provision for YLF football jerseys

(12) Credible election and peaceful transition of leadership

(13) Projected the good image of NBA-YLF Ilorin within and outside Ilorin Branch through different reports on newspapers and blogs

(14) Organized the first debate for NBA Chairmanship Candidates

(15) And lots more

To God be the glory, I am one of the founding fathers of Arewa YLF and nurtured it to where it is today. Recently, the forum organized the biggest summit in the history of the Arewa bar — the Arewa Young Lawyers’ Forum summit. The event took place at the Aguiyi Ironsi Merit House, Abuja and had in attendance members from different places and the giants in the legal profession and top government functionaries including but not limited to Mallam Garba Shehu, Senator Muhammed Nakudu, Chief J-K Gadzama SAN, Mr Y. C Maikyau SAN, Ishaka Liman Dikko SAN, Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN, Chukwuka ikwazom SAN, Chief Emeka Obegholu SAN, Tijjani Alkali Gazali SAN, Prof. (Hon.) Ali Ahmad, Prof Ibrahim Abikan, Jonathan Taidi, Daniel Bwala, Paul Daudu, barbara Omosun, Ogbom Goodluck Ogbom to mention but a few. It was a three (3) days Summit with six (6) breakout sessions.

I have also functioned in different leadership capacities in the past. I have served in different committees of the NBA Ilorin Branch. I was a member of 2020 NBA dinner Committee. In 2018, I was a member of Local Organizing Committee, NBA NEC Meeting in Ilorin. All these positions previously held have exposed me to the workings of the Association and I have acquired so many leadership qualities through those positions.

MY MAIN OBJECTIVE IF ELECTED by the grace of God is to competently stand by and uphold the duties assigned to me by the Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association 2015 (As Amended in 2021), particularly pursuant to Section 9(5) which are enormous but very surmountable.

In addition to the constitutional mandate as stated above, I also intend adding value to the Nigerian Bar Association by canvassing for, promoting and ensuring the below objectives:

(1) Total Digitalized Secretariat

(2) Prompt receipt of stamp and seal

(3) Expansion and adequate maintenance of the Association’s website and Constant updating Members database

(4) Facilitation of prompt submission of members application for notary public

(5) Electronic mail notifications of meetings and minutes of meetings

(6) Regular Virtual Meetings

(7) Adequate representation at the NBA NEC Meeting

(8) Proper record keeping and information management via technological tools.

(9) Continuous maintenance of Bar Center E-Library

(10) Promoting the interest of Young Lawyers and capacity Building for all members of NBA through Webinar (online training sessions)

(11) Making Provision for Wifi at the Bar Center and Court Areas

(12) Speedy processing of Letter of Good Standing

In summary, I intend to manage a Secretariat that will be intellectually mobiled (DIGITAL), to constructively and passionately attend to the needs of members of the branch and members of the society. I intend to project and enhance the operations of the secretariat to be more diligent and aggressively promoting an administrative aura which will be more digitally responsive to the needs of members of the Association.

I will by the grace of God ensure the actualization of all the objectives I have itemized above to the best of my ability and competence. I will also, if elected, contribute my quota towards the protection of the legal space in my capacity as Secretary by pushing and ensuring the continuity of strategies already in place.

Distinguished seniors and dear colleagues, I need your vote to achieve all these laudable ideas for a progressive and vibrant branch.

Vote me as your Secretary and we shall together make all the above ideas a reality and we shall jointly raise Ilorin bar higher.

I thank you all.

SIGNED:

O. D. JIMOH ESQ

(ASPIRANT FOR THE POST OF SECRETARY)

08034860979, Seedlaw4case@gmail.com

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