September 20, 2023

Distinguished Colleagues,

It is with immense gratitude and honour that I stand before you today as the newly appointed Chairman of the Arewa Young Lawyers Forum. I am deeply humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me to lead this esteemed forum.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Pioneer Chairman Mr. Olayinka Dauda Jimoh and his executive members for their outstanding efforts and remarkable contributions in advancing the goals and objectives of the Arewa Young Lawyers Forum. Their dedication and hard work have set a high standard, and it is my commitment to build upon their achievements and take our forum to greater heights.

The Arewa Young Lawyers Forum plays a crucial role in the legal community, serving as a platform for young lawyers from the northern region of Nigeria to come together, collaborate, and address the multifaceted challenges we face in our profession. I firmly believe that our unity and collective action are vital to effecting positive change and championing the cause of justice in our region.

As chairman, my vision is to foster a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and professionalism within our forum. I believe that by providing young lawyers with the necessary support, mentorship, and opportunities for their growth and development, we can empower them to become leaders and catalysts for positive change in our society.

I am also committed to strengthening the relationships between the Arewa Young Lawyers Forum, and the National and International Young Lawyers Forum. Collaboration and cooperation with these forums will enable us to leverage their resources and experiences.

Furthermore, I recognize the importance of engaging with stakeholders within and outside our region in promoting access to justice and the welfare of our members. The Arewa Young Lawyers Forum has a social responsibility to the public, and we must strive to bridge the gap between the legal profession and the people we serve. Through pro bono legal services, legal awareness and community outreach programs, we can ensure that the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized are heard and their rights protected.

I am committed to working closely with my executive members, the leadership of Arewa lawyers’ forum, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, the National NBA-YLF Chairman and all Chairmen of the Young Lawyers Forum from northern extraction to turn our vision into a reality. Together, we will build a forum that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of young lawyers in the Arewa region, and one that upholds the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and service.

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the Arewa Young Lawyers Forum for their continued support and confidence in my leadership. I am excited and optimistic about the journey ahead, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you to make a lasting and positive impact in the legal profession.

Thank you once again, and may we all rise together as champions of justice.

U. A. Chiroma, Esq.,

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